Megan Macy is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and co-chair of the firm's Facilities and Business Practice Group. She is also an active member of the Labor and Employment and Charter Schools Practice Groups.
Ms. Macy provides general counsel to school districts, routinely advising clients on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest issues and development of governing board policies. Her primary goal is to assist educational agencies in maximizing their limited resources through risk management, preventative legal services and effective planning.
Ms. Macy utilizes her litigation background to counsel clients on effective risk management strategies in the facilities and business arena, including public bidding issues, real property transactions and negotiation of school facilities agreements related to new residential development. Those skills are also invaluable in handling the array of labor and employment issues school districts routinely encounter, from employee discipline issues to labor disputes.
Ms. Macy is an expert in charter school law, having advised school districts on the full array of charter school issues, including petition review, denial and appeal, Prop. 39 requests and other facilities use issues, charter school formation and revocation. Her general counsel experience pairs well in this arena, offering clients a broad understanding of employment, student and governance issues that must be scrutinized during the charter approval and administration process.
Ms. Macy is an accomplished speaker presenting at various events including the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) and Lozano Smith's Facilities and Business workshops on various topics ranging from school closure to developer fees to construction.
Ms. Macy has participated in several cases that involved significant issues, including:
Negotiating Developer Mitigation Agreements on behalf of school districts for developments ranging in size from 100 units up to 20,000 units
Successfully negotiating resolution of multi-party construction litigation stemming from contractor termination (Air Systems, Inc., v. Campbell Union High School District)
Successfully negotiating resolution of facilities accessibility issues related to existing consent decree (Spieler v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District)
Ms. Macy earned her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. She attended the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program to be a certified mediator for Lane County Small Claims Court, and served as chief justice at the University of Oregon Constitution Court. Ms. Macy earned her B.A. in public policy and religion from Washington and Lee University, and she completed the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty.