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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Madeline Chun

Madeline Chun



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

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Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.


Madeline represents public agencies in the transportation sector as general and special counsel. Her particular areas of expertise include federal and state regulations pertaining to public transportation, public contracts and procurement, public works and infrastructure, civil rights, real property, and government ethics.

Madeline is the prior chair of the Public Transit & Transportation Practice Group at Hanson Bridgett, and is the past chair of the American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Committee. She is nationally recognized for her extensive experience in federal public transportation law, including Americans with Disabilities Act, Buy America, charter rules, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and procurement.

Madeline represents major regional public transportation agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, San Mateo County Transit District, and Caltrain.

Bar Admissions

  • California


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1979)
B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University (1976)
Areas of Practice

Environment & Natural Resources | Environmental & Natural Resources | Environmental & Natural Resources | Environmental and Natural Resources | Environmental Law | Government | Real Estate | Technology

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Develops policies, standards, manuals, and contract templates for public procurements, such as information technology systems, buses, ferries, and regional fixed route and paratransit service contracts.

Advises on legal issues for major transportation infrastructure projects, such as all electronic toll collection, the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the design, procurement and construction of the suicide deterrent system for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Drafts interagency agreements and joint powers agreements for the provision of coordinated regional transit services, such as the Clipper® interoperable regional transit fare collection system for over 20 transit systems.

Negotiates agreements for the acquisition and development of real estate for public transportation, such as the purchase of 150 miles of right of way from Marin to Mendocino for passenger rail service.

Develops legislation and organizational documents for public transportation governing boards, such as the legislative structure for the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART).

Professional Associations

  • Chair, American Public Transportation Association, Legal Affairs Committee, 2015-2016
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein's Judicial Advisory Committee for Northern California, past member

"Amendment to the Brown Act Provides for New Website and Agenda Requirements," Government Law Alert (July 2017)
"Ninth Circuit Upholds Environmental Review of Downtown LA 'Regional Connector' Subway Project," co-author, Public Transit & Transportation Alert (December 2016)
"Ruling is an important lesson for CalPERS employers," co-author, Daily Journal (July 2016)
"Transit Agency Not Liable for ADA Violations When It Complies with DOT ADA Regulations," Public Agency Advisory (August 2009)

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