Shawn A. VanWagenen

Senior Counsel | Fresno

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Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
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Shawn A. VanWagenen is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Facilities and Business Practice Group. As a native of California's Central Valley, Mr. VanWagenen provides general counsel to school districts and cities as an active member of the Firm’s Local Government and Facilities & Business practice groups. Mr. VanWagenen works closely with clients to appreciate their organizations, culture and goals, so Lozano Smith can support administrators in developing the right solution for each legal issue.


Mr. VanWagenen assists school districts in a variety of areas, including:
  • Real property issues
  • Contract development review and negotiation
  • Land use and zoning
  • Sale and lease transactions
  • Construction
  • CEQA matters
  • Brown Act and Public Records Act
  • Effective Board Governance
  • Charter Schools

Presenter Experience

Mr. VanWagenen has presented at various events including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) annual conference, California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) regional workshop series, trainings hosted by county offices of education, and Lozano Smith's Facilities & Business webinars. He also conducts regular client trainings on general board governance, the Brown Act, contracting, real property transactions, public works projects, and charter schools.


Mr. VanWagenen received his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. VanWagenen is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to the Eastern District of California.

Bid Thresholds Raised For 2020

By: Ruth MendykShawn VanWagenen-

December 2019Number 77According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20111(a), the bid threshold for K-12 school districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $95,200, effective January 1, 2020. The notice may be viewed here.The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is expected to announce a similar ad...

Changes To Skilled And Trained Workforce Requirements For Public Works Projects

By: Claudia WeaverShawn VanWagenen-

January 2019Number 2Recent legislation modifies the skilled and trained workforce requirement for certain public works projects, shifting much of the burden for compliance to subcontractors. The new law also authorizes the California Labor Commissioner to investigate suspected violations of the statute and impose civil penalties in specified circumstances.Background In recent years, contractors have been required to utilize a "skilled and trained workforce" for "design-build" and "lease-lease...

Public Entities Must Proceed with Caution When Preparing an Addendum to a Negative Declaration

By: Anne CollinsShawn VanWagenen-

June 2017 Number 31 A California appellate court has held that a public entity violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by preparing an addendum to a mitigated negative declaration. In Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 596, the court found that proposed changes to the District's original facilities project might have a significant effect on the environment, requiring further analysis, rather tha...