Devon B. Lincoln

Partner | Monterey

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Devon B. Lincoln is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Monterey office and co-chair of the firm's Facilities and Business Practice Group. She is also involved in the firm’s Charter Schools Practice Group. After practicing international, environmental and transactional law in Washington, D.C., Ms. Lincoln relocated to California and joined Lozano Smith in 2003.

Drawing on her experience as a corporate attorney on large transactions, Ms. Lincoln focuses her practice on construction, bidding, solar projects and clean energy, general facilities and business issues, and matters involving charter schools, including charter school governance and facilities issues and creating dependent charter schools. She also coordinates the firm's Client News Brief Program.

Presenter Experience
Ms. Lincoln has presented at numerous Lozano Smith Facilities and Business Consortia on topics such as "A Primer on Paper Cuts: Document Retention, The Public Records Act, The Brown Act and Email" and "What To Do When Third Parties Come Knocking To Use School Facilities," and the Webinar, "Going Green and Conserving Energy." She has also presented at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Annual Conference on technology legal issues facing school districts, the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) conferences on charter school matters. Ms. Lincoln recently presented a webinar in collaboration with CASBO on the topic of How Understanding the Private Financing of Public Agency Solar Transactions Can Get You a Better Deal.

Ms. Lincoln received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1999. She was a visiting student at Georgetown University Law Center. She earned a B.A. degree in English and Political Science from Columbia University in 1996.

Significant New Developer Fee Cases

By: Harold FreimanDevon LincolnKelly RemBenjamin Brown-

October 2019Number 44As part of an uptick of cases in recent years regarding school impact fees, two recent cases argued by Lozano Smith on behalf of school districts have been decided by the California Sixth District Court of Appeal, with mixed results. The court ruled in relation to an "adults only" agricultural worker housing project that, when imposing prospective developer fees on development projects, school districts need not establish a reasonable relationship between the fee and the ...

Mandatory Prequalification on Certain School District Projects is Here to Stay

By: Devon LincolnAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

November 2018Number 73California has extended a school district prequalification requirement that was nearing sunset. Prequalification of general contractors and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers on certain school district projects has been mandatory since January 1, 2015. Specifically, under Public Contract Code section 20111.6, prequalification is required on all lease-leaseback projects and on other school district public works projects when all three of the following factors ...

New Law Indefinitely Extends Community College Use of Best Value Process in Bidding

By: Devon LincolnAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

November 2018Number 74An expiring law allowing special bidding procedures for community college districts has been amended and extended. Although competitive bidding is the default rule for procurement of personal property and non-construction related services by community college districts and other public agencies, under Public Contract Code section 20651.7, a community college district is allowed to award bids on the basis of "best value," if the district determines that it can expect "lon...

New Law Updates Bidding Preferences for Various Public Agencies

By: Devon LincolnAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

November 2018Number 75The Legislature has significantly expanded local agencies' ability to use a small business preferences on a public works projects, and has expanded the use of preferences for small businesses, disabled veterans businesses and social enterprises in some counties. This new law seems to indicate the Legislature is responding to the desire of local agencies to support local businesses.Assembly Bill (AB) 2762, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, increases the small business prefe...

New Law Could Reduce Public School Energy Costs

By: Devon LincolnTravis Cochran-

November 2018Number 69A new law aims to reduce the high costs public schools pay for energy. Throughout California, K-12 schools are spending a significant portion of their general fund-nearly $700 million-just to keep the lights on. This amount is nearly equal to what public schools dedicate to books and supplies for students. Assembly Bill (AB) 2068 seeks to reduce energy costs in the future by requiring public utilities to evaluate and report the feasibility and economic impacts of establi...

New Law Eases Path to School Employee Housing

By: Harold FreimanDevon LincolnLauren Kawano-

February 2018 Number 5 As a result of California's affordable housing crisis, school districts face challenges in retaining teachers and school district employees, particularly in regions with high housing costs. California lawmakers sought to address the problem by proposing Assembly Bill (AB) 1157 and AB 45 to make it easier for districts to promote housing development for district employees, though Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the latter bill. AB 1157 was part of a package of 15 hous...

Lead-Safe Schools Protection Act: The Continuing Duty to Address Lead

By: Devon Lincoln-

October 2017 Number 61 Schools, colleges and other local and state agencies have a continuing obligation to address lead in the course of new construction, modernization and maintenance projects. Various provisions of California law found in the Lead-Safe Schools Protection Act, the Health and Safety Code and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations ban the use of materials containing lead in new construction and require that public agencies use properly trained and certified person...

Paper Laws, Electronic Records: An Overview of Record Retention Laws for California School Employees

By: Devon LincolnRyan Tung-

Now that the California Supreme Court has directly addressed the universe of records accessible under the Public Records Act, it is more important than ever that school district employees and elected officials familiarize themselves with their obligations in retaining school district records to ensure that emails, texts and other electronic communications made or stored in private devices and accounts are maintained in accordance with these obligations. This article outlines California regul...

Lawmakers Extend Deadline for Proposition 39 Energy Efficiency Funding and Create New Program

By: Devon Lincoln-

July 2017 Number 42 State lawmakers have extended the deadlines to apply for and encumber money dedicated to energy efficiency projects at schools and community colleges - the program known as Proposition 39 - and have created a new program to fund such projects indefinitely. Proposition 39 was scheduled to sunset June 30, 2018. Now, Senate Bill (SB) 110 has extended the deadline for encumbering Proposition 39 funds by one year, to June 30, 2019. At the same time, the bill creates the ...

Governor Signs Bill Limiting Design Professionals' Duty to Indemnify Against Liability

By: Devon LincolnJennifer Bradlee-

May 2017 Number 24 The law regarding what obligations a design professional may assume to defend and indemnify a client against liability has been amended once again, and the resulting changes will affect the terms that can be included in design professionals' contracts. On April 28, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 496, which partially limits the duty of design professionals to defend and indemnify a client against liability for claims arising from a design pro...

Public Agency Notification Requirements under the Information Practices Act

By: Devon Lincoln-

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...

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...

School District Bid Threshold Raised for 2017

By: Devon Lincoln-

December 2016 Number 88 According 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 $88,300, effective January 1, 2017. This represents an increase of 0.626 percent over the 2016 bid limit. The notice may be viewed here. The Califor...

Watts in Your Wallet – Financing Clean Energy Projects (Part 2)

By: Daniel MarucciaDevon Lincoln-

In Part 2 of our discussion on the complex topic of clean energy projects and how they are financed, Sloan Simmons talks with Devon Lincoln and Daniel Maruccia about the options for financing such projects and the overarching themes impacting this area of the law.

Watts in Your Wallet – Financing Clean Energy Projects (Part 1)

By: Daniel MarucciaDevon Lincoln-

In Part I of a discussion on the complex topic of clean energy projects and how they are financed, Sloan Simmons talks to Dan Maruccia and Devon Lincoln about the wide range of such projects, and the challenges public agencies face in determining how to finance them.

It’s Time to Fill Out Your Form 700!

By: Thomas GauthierDevon Lincoln-

It’s that time of year, when California public servants must prepare and submit their annual statements of economic interest. The statement, commonly referred to as Form 700, is due on April 2 this year. Devon Lincoln talks to ethics expert Tom Gauthier about common pitfalls in filling out the form, what you need to know to get it right, and why it matters.

Life with Janus

By: Louis LozanoDarren KameyaDevon Lincoln-

Labor and employment specialists Lou Lozano and Darren Kameya join Devon Lincoln for a discussion of the unique challenges arising at the public employee union bargaining table in 2019. The conversation covers the fallout from the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the implications of the LAUSD strike and other labor actions, and how public agencies can attempt to navigate in these complicated times.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at:

Police in Schools – The Role of a School Resource Officer

By: Devon LincolnThomas MannielloJenell Van Bindsbergen-

The role of law enforcement officers on school campuses is not well understood. Devon Lincoln is joined by attorney Tom Manniello, an expert in student discipline issues and discipline reform, and Jenell Van Bindsbergen, an attorney specializing in working with police officers and police departments. In a wide ranging discussion, the panelists lay out the complex issues that come up when an officer polices a school campus.

ACSA Keynote Address – Everything I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned at the Table

By: Sarah KaatzDevon Lincoln-

This special episode of the podcast features a discussion with negotiator Sarah Kaatz and shares extended excerpts from her successful keynote address at the 2019 ACSA Negotiators’ Symposium. Attorney Devon Lincoln talks with Sarah about the life insights she draws on to negotiate with public employee unions in a range of challenging scenarios.

Are We There Yet? The Long March Toward Equity and Equality in School Finance

By: Devon LincolnKaren RezendesMartha Scott-

Following the release of the new California governor’s first proposed budget, Lozano Smith attorneys Devon Lincoln, Karen Rezendes and Mattie Scott sit down to discuss the long history of school finance in the state and how that history reverberates in our schools today – and why the issue should matter to every Californian.