CLIFF CAMPBELL is Of Counsel to the firm. He has over 34 years of litigation experience, including eleven years with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. He formerly was a principal at the Meyers Nave firm, where he headed the firm’s general litigation practice group. He has tried over 75 jury trials. His practice is devoted to helping cities, special districts, and other public bodies throughout California, both in state and in federal court. Drawing upon his experience as a former prosecutor, Cliff regularly defends cities and their police officers in civil rights litigation. Cliff possesses particular expertise in the intricacies of the California Government Claims Act. In 2000 Cliff wrote the amicus brief on behalf of 136 California cities and the California State Association of Counties in Haggis v. City of Los Angeles (2000) 22 Cal. 4th 490. Another example of his work is documented in Sutherland v. City of Fort Bragg (2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 13, where Cliff was the trial counsel. Cliff possesses extensive knowledge of the more arcane aspects of public entity law. He is one of the few attorneys in the state with significant trial experience defending public entities in Brown Act litigation. He has successfully defended his public entity clients against claims involving Title II of the Americans with Disability Act, and involving California’s Disabled Persons Law. He has shut down drug houses and abated public nuisances. Cliff also represents public entities in disputes they have with their insurers. Cliff received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 and his J.D. degree from Golden Gate University in 1974.
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