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City Attorney's Office
Title: City Attorney
Nira F. Doherty, a partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, became the Menlo Park city attorney effective March 1, 2021.
Nira is an experienced city attorney, litigator and land use expert. Her litigation and transactional practices emphasize general municipal law, land use and development, CEQA and code enforcement issues.
Nira advises city council and staff in all areas of municipal law including complex land use, zoning and development matters, open meeting laws, the Public Records Act, conflicts of interest, CEQA, elections, initiatives, contracts and torts, and conflicts of interest. She also advises municipal clients throughout the state on issues related to cannabis. Nira has spoken extensively on cannabis issues and has successfully represented municipalities in cannabis-related litigation.
Nira has successfully served as lead attorney in litigation involving CEQA, general plan updates, inverse condemnation, contract disputes, health and safety receiverships, code enforcement matters, tort claims and cannabis lawsuits.
Nira graduated from UC Davis School of Law where she was a member of the UC Davis Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Environmental Law and Policy Journal. Nira externed for the former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and clerked for Judge Steven Bernard of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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