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Ellen N. Denham

Associate | Walnut Creek

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Ellen N. Denham is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. Ms. Denham specializes in Facilities and Business law, representing public agencies throughout Northern California.


Ms. Denham represents clients in a wide-range of real property transactions, including sale and lease transactions, and guides clients through surplus property requirements. She also frequently assists clients by drafting and reviewing joint use agreements, easements and deed restrictions. She has expertise in developer fee matters, teacher housing projects and the California Environmental Quality Act. In addition to real property related matters, Ms. Denham is also skilled in matters related to the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, the California Voting Rights Act, purchasing and bidding procedures, technology agreements, and district reorganization. Her litigation experience includes case investigation and strategy, drafting of pleadings and memoranda of law, discovery management, motion practice, depositions, and settlement negotiations.


Ms. Denham received her Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. As a student, she worked as a senior staff member for the Legislation & Policy Brief. She also served on the Executive Board of the Women’s Law Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College.

Alert: California Public Records Act Requests Regarding Lease-Leaseback Procedures

By: Ellen DenhamHarold FreimanKelly Rem-

June 2018Number 23Many school districts throughout the state have recently received one or more California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests from the California Taxpayers Action Network (CalTAN) and the Carlin Law Group regarding lease-leaseback (LLB) transactions. CalTAN and the Carlin Law Group filed multiple lawsuits against school districts in the past regarding lease-leaseback practices, and this CPRA request may be a precursor to future litigation.The first of the recent CPRA requests ...

State Allocation Board Adopts Developer Fee Increases

By: Harold FreimanKelly RemEllen Denham-

February 2018 Number 3 The State Allocation Board (SAB) has increased the amount of "Level 1" developer fees that school districts are authorized to collect to $3.79 per square foot of residential development and $0.61 per square foot of commercial development. The increase takes effect immediately, and may now be implemented by school districts through local action. The new rates, which the SAB approved on January 24, 2018, represent an 8.78 percent increase over the maximum amounts a...

New Restrictions on Disclosure of Video and Audio Recordings

By: Penelope GloverEllen Denham-

November 2017 Number 72 A new law will restrict the public disclosure of video and audio recordings created during the commission or investigation of rape, incest, sexual assault, domestic violence, or child abuse that depicts the face, intimate body part, or voice of a victim of the incident. Assembly Bill (AB) 459 goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The California Public Records Act (CPRA) requires public agencies to respond to a records request within 10 days, and to make eligible...

Public Agency Notification Requirements under the Information Practices Act

By: Devon LincolnEllen Denham-

This article was featured in the Spring 2017 Issue of Lozano Smith's TIPJar State and federal law generally require agencies to protect the privacy of students, families and employees. Statutes like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g) and Education Code section 49073 prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of student records. In recent years, the California Information Practices Act of 1977 (Civ. Code, § 1798, et seq.) was amended to address the...

Governor Signs Bill Requiring Child Safety Alert Systems on School Buses

By: Anne CollinsEllen Denham-

October 2016 Number 76 Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1072, a bill modifying the Education Code and Vehicle Code to require additional safety measures for students being transported on school buses. Also called the "Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law," the bill responds to multiple reports of California schoolchildren being left unattended on school buses for hours, often in dangerous conditions. In 2015, a student, Paul Lee, died after being left unattended on...

Job Order Contracting for School District Public Works Projects

By: Harold FreimanArne SandbergEllen Denham-

June 2016 Number 35 As of January 1, California school districts have been authorized to use job order contracts for public works projects greater than $25,000. Approved by Governor Jerry Brown in October of last year, Assembly Bill No. 1431 modified the Local Agency Public Construction Act to authorize job order contracting for school districts until January 1, 2022. This bill comes after a decade-long pilot program of the job order contract project delivery method at Los Angeles Unified...