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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Kimon Manolius

Kimon Manolius



  • Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Environmental and Natural Resources

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Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.


Kimon provides both transactional and litigation expertise and advice to his public entity clients, and currently serves as General Counsel to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

On the transactional side, he has special expertise in transit and transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels. He helps his transit clients on project delivery and compliance with the myriad of statutory and regulatory schemes governing public entities. He provides advice on the Brown Act and the Public Records Act, ethics, and risk management. His objective is to protect the interests of his public entity clients in their dealings with private entities and other public entities.

He frequently litigates in any number of areas including code enforcement, torts, civil rights defense, inverse condemnation, takings and other land use litigation. He is experienced in dangerous condition of public property, and is an expert in design immunity. He advises on and defends his clients on issues under the First, Fourth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, Titles II, VI and VII, and the California Voting Rights Act.

Before joining the firm, Kimon spent 11 years at the City Attorney's Office for the City and County of San Francisco. He served as managing attorney and chief counsel at that 200-lawyer office, gaining a wealth of experience working with city officials, departments, and public safety agencies. During his tenure, Kimon represented the city and county both as a plaintiff and as a defendant. He retooled and managed the City's code enforcement team with a focus on housing, building, planning, zoning, environmental health, drug abatement and consumer protection issues. On the defense side, Kimon became a specialist in many areas that confront public agencies including tort defense, dangerous condition of public property and the design immunity doctrine, civil rights defense, police misconduct, consent decrees, employment litigation, class actions, and medical malpractice issues.

Kimon also possesses considerable skills as a negotiator and mediator. He handled hundreds of settlement conferences for the City and County. He has served as a pro tem settlement judge for the San Francisco Superior Court and an early settlement panelist for the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Kimon serves on the Transportation Research Board's Transit and Intermodal Committee. He also serves on the board of Law Rocks, Inc., an organization that raises money by organizing concerts in 20 cities around the world in which law firms and law-affiliated bands compete.

Kimon received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University in 1983. His undergraduate thesis paper was, "The Demise of East African Cooperation." Prior to earning his law degree, Kimon was involved intimately in the 1988 Dukakis for President campaign. He served as director of administration and finance and assistant treasurer for the $54 million general election campaign, as well as the Massachusetts state director for the primary election. Kimon then received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1990. His certification paper was "The Energy Facilities Siting Council, Public Decision-Making in a Political Environment."

Kimon teaches legal research and writing and moot court at Hastings College of the Law. He plays bass guitar with the 101 North Band out of Sausalito, California.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


J.D., Boston University School of Law (1990)
B.A., Brown University (1983)
Areas of Practice

Environment & Natural Resources | Environmental & Natural Resources | Environmental & Natural Resources | Environmental and Natural Resources | Environmental Law | Government | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Serves as general counsel to the Bridge District, advising on all aspects of the multi-modal Bridge District's mission, which includes the management and maintenance of the Bridge, as well as the provision of ferry and bus service in the San Francisco to Sonoma, Route 101 corridor.

Darensburg v. Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Kimon litigated, tried, and won this class action for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The case was a precedent-setting federal district court class action in the area of the rules governing state and federal transit funding. That victory was argued in and affirmed by the Ninth Circuit in an important published opinion.

Dammann v. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Kimon litigated, won summary judgment, and had affirmed on appeal this precedent-setting matter in the realm of design immunity. The Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held that design immunity protected the District's decision not to install a median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, even in light of technological advances in the design of moveable median barriers.


"Substandard Designs and Better Technology—New Developments in Design Immunity," co-author, Public Law Journal (February 2014)
"Going to Mediation? Play Nice.," San Francisco Attorney (December 2009)

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