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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Michael N. Conneran

Michael N. Conneran


Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

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Michael represents public agencies in matters involving real estate, transportation, and environmental law. He has played an active role in several acquisitions of railroad rights-of-way on behalf of public transportation agencies, including the purchase of the commuter rail line from San Francisco to San Jose on behalf of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board. He also worked on the purchase of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad right-of-way between Napa and Mendocino counties by a consortium of agencies. He has advised public and private railroad clients with regarding to regulatory issues arising under federal and state law.

Michael has counseled public agencies with regard to transit-oriented development projects and has negotiated long-term ground leases and other types of public-private partnerships. He has also negotiated numerous contracts for the use of public property by telecommunications companies. Michael has counseled public transit agencies with regard to property management, construction, environmental issues and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Michael currently serves as general counsel to the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. He has also served as the principal assistant to the city attorney of a Bay Area municipality, where he was responsible for zoning, environmental compliance, code enforcement and telecommunications regulations. He has extensive experience in the legal obligations of public agencies under statutes governing access to public records, conflict of interest regulations and open meeting laws.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1988)
A.B., Princeton University (1976)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental and Water Law Section
  • State Bar of California, State and Local Governmental Law Section
  • Bay Area Council, Transportation Committee

"New Laws of 2018 Series: Part VI To Indemnify and Defend? SB 496 Changes The Rules for Design Professional Contract," CSDA e-News (December 2017)
"The Local Regulation of Interstate Railroads and the Establishment of 'Quiet Zones'," IMLA Magazine (September 2013)
"Partnering with the Private Sector to Fill the Infrastructure Gap," Progressive Fix (May 2010)
"Creative Approaches to Land Acquisition," co-author, California Transit Magazine (January/February 2008)
"Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Staff Briefings of Public Officials," Public Agency Advisory (November 2007)
"Public Agencies Face New Restrictions in Contracting with Design Professionals," Public Agency Advisory (March 2007)

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