Travis E. Cochran

Associate | Monterey

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tcochran@lozanosmith.com
Tel: 831.646.1501
Fax: 831.646.1801
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Overview
Travis E. Cochran is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Monterey office where he focuses his practice on facilities and business and local government issues for public agencies.

Experience
Mr. Cochran advises school districts, community college districts, and local governments on areas such as construction advice and litigation, bidding and alternative delivery methods, technology contracts, and compliance with federal and state regulatory programs, including E-Rate, CEQA, and the California Coastal Act. Additionally, Mr. Cochran has extensive experience assisting clients with solar, battery storage, and other types of energy conservation projects.

Presenter Experience
Mr. Cochran has presented at various events including the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) local workshops, and Lozano Smith's Facilities and Business workshops and webinars. He is particularly experienced in presenting topics related to the Public Records Act, Brown Act, compliance, and ethics and conflict of interest issues.

Education
Mr. Cochran earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as President of the Native American Law Students Association. As a law student, Mr. Cochran also served as a judicial clerk for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Court. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Appellate Court Orders Publication of Lease-Leaseback Decision, Making it Binding Precedent

By: Harold FreimanTravis Cochran-

June 2017 Number 32 On May 31, 2017, the First District Court of Appeal ordered publication of its decision in California Taxpayers Action Network v. Taber Construction, Inc. et al.(2017) 12 Cal.App.5th 115 (Taber), which upholds the validity of a lease-leaseback arrangement. This reversed the court's initial decision not to publish the case. Publication of the Taber decision means that it serves as citable precedent upon which school districts and others may now rely. In Taber, the Co...

Appeals Court Says Bidding Not Required for Lease-Leaseback Contract

By: Harold FreimanTravis Cochran-

May 2017 Number 23 Another California appellate court has ruled that a lease-leaseback (LLB) contract made without competitive bidding is legally enforceable. In California Taxpayers Action Network v. Taber Construction, Inc. et al. (May 2, 2017, No. A145078) [nonpub. opn.] (Taber), the First District Court of Appeal agreed withMcGee v. Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 235, finding that competitive bidding is not required for an LLB contract. Although the appella...

Agency Case Study: Lessons from a Real-Life Cyberattack

By: Devon LincolnTravis Cochran-

This article was featured in the Spring 2017 Issue of Lozano Smith's TIPJar The Lindsay Unified School District, a K-12 school district that serves over 4,000 students in California's San Joaquin Valley, knows firsthand what a ransomware attack looks like: The district recently experienced one, when attackers infected servers through phishing emails that looked like legitimate communications. Fortunately, the district had policies and procedures in place that minimized the attack's effects...

California Energy Commission Makes Project-Friendly Changes to Proposition 39 Program Guidelines

By: Devon LincolnTravis Cochran-

July 2016 Number 40 On June 27, 2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a new set of proposed Proposition 39 Program Implementation Guidelines (guidelines). The proposed guidelines include a number of project-friendly changes, including a reduction in the Savings-to-Investment Ratio (SIR). These proposed guidelines are expected to be approved at the CEC's general business meeting on July 13, 2016. The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Proposition...

Appellate Court Orders Publication of Decision on Lease-Leaseback, Making it Binding Precedent

By: Harold FreimanTravis Cochran-

May 2016 Number 29 On May 4, the Second District Court of Appeal in McGee v. Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC, et al. (McGee) ordered publication of its decision upholding the validity of a lease-leaseback arrangement. Publication of the decision means that it now serves as precedent on which school districts and others may rely. In McGee, the court reviewed the validity of a lease-leaseback arrangement that was challenged on the grounds that the arrangement did not comply with Educati...

Another California Appellate Court Opines On Lease-Leaseback Construction

By: Harold FreimanArne SandbergTravis Cochran-

April 2016 Number 25 An appellate court has ruled that a lease-leaseback (LLB) contract without competitive bidding was legally enforceable. In McGee v. Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC, et al. (Apr. 12, 2016) 2016 Cal.App.Unpub. Lexis 2626, a California appellate court rejected the holding of Davis v. Fresno Unified School District (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 261, that competitive bidding was required for an LLB contract unless additional non-statutory contract terms were included. However, t...

Court of Appeal Highlights the Importance of a Public Agency Complying With its Own Bid Requirements

By: Harold FreimanTravis Cochran-

January 2016 Number 2 The Third District Court of Appeal's recent decision in DeSilva Gates Construction, L.P. v. Department of Transportation (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 1409 (DeSilva), confirms the importance of ensuring that bidders on public construction projects comply with the express requirements of an invitation for bids. In DeSilva, the Court of Appeal held that a public entity incorrectly determined a contractor's bid to be nonresponsive where the contractor had complied with all requir...

New Bill Overhauls the Design-Build Construction Delivery Method for School Districts

By: Devon LincolnTravis Cochran-

November 2015 Number 71 Although the 'design-build' construction delivery method has been available to California school districts for several years, this method has been used somewhat infrequently, as districts have opted for more traditional construction methods, like design-bid-build (Public Contract Code § 20111,et seq.), or alternatives like lease-leaseback (Education Code § 17406). The Legislature recently amended the current laws governing the design-build method for scho...

New Laws Suspend High School Exit Exam Requirements

By: Roberta RoweTravis Cochran-

October 2015 Number 61 On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 172 into law, suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Examination through the 2017-2018 school year. Under SB 172 students will no longer be required to pass the exit exam as a condition of graduating high school. Further, any student who previously completed grade 12 and met all graduation requirements, other than the passing the exit exam, will be granted a diploma of graduation. S...