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Michelle Marchetta Kenyon

Michelle Marchetta Kenyon

Partner - Oakland

510.273.8780 t
510.839.9104 f

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Michelle Kenyon provides legal representation for cities and other public agencies as city attorney and special counsel.  Michelle currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of Rohnert Park, Calistoga, Piedmont and Pacifica, Town Attorney for the Town of Moraga, and Special Counsel to several cities in the Bay Area.  She previously has served as Acting/Interim City Attorney for many cities including the City of Redwood City, Daly City, Pleasant Hill, and the Town of Danville.  Her practice includes advising city councils and staff in all areas of municipal law issues such as annexation procedures, bidding and claims procedures, CEQA, code enforcement, conflicts of interest laws, contract review, elections, Government Tort Claims Act, initiatives, referenda, land use and planning, municipal finance, open meeting laws, personnel, Proposition 218, and water supply assessments.

Michelle’s other areas of specialty include land use litigation and appellate advocacy.  She is experienced in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, including written appearances in the U.S. Supreme Court.  She has successfully served as lead attorney in litigation involving CEQA, inverse condemnation, election law, civil rights, Proposition 218 and rent control, with several outcomes garnering published decisions.


  • Reynolds v. City of Calistoga, 223 Cal.App.4th 865 (2014)
  • O.W.L. Foundation et al v. City of Rohnert Park, 168 Cal.App.4th 568 (2008)
  • Chip Worthington v. City Council of Rohnert Park, 130 Cal.App.4th 1132 (2005)
  • Hillsboro Properties v. City of Rohnert Park, 138 CalApp.4th 379 (2006)
  • 108 Holdings v. City of Rohnert Park, 136 Cal.App.4th 186 (2006)
  • Citizens to Enforce CEQA v. City of Rohnert Park, 131 Cal.App.4th 1594 (2005)
  • North Pacifica, LLC v. City of Pacifica, 234 F.Supp.2d 1053 (2002)
  • Milagra Ridge Partners Ltd. v. City of Pacifica, 62 Cal.App.4th 108 (1998)
  • Broadmoor Police Protection Dist. v. San Mateo Local Agency Formation Commission, 26 Cal.App.4th 304 (1994)
  • Sierra Lake Reserve v. City of Rocklin, 938 F.2d 951 (1991) [113 S. Ct. 31; 121 L.Ed.2d 4]
  • Northwood Homes, Inc. v. Town of Moraga, 216 Cal.App.3d 1197 (1989)


  • Collaborative Governance and Effective Decision-Making, USC Price Executive Education Forum, April 2013
  • Procedural Hurdles And Defenses In Litigating Regulatory Takings Claims Under The Fifth Amendment, Georgetown University Law Center, CLE/Environmental Law & Policy Institute, October 2004
  • Demystifying Substantive Due Process, Hastings Municipal Law Institute, October 2003
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  • How Cities Can Manage Legal Costs Without Increasing Risk, July 2009
    Western City Magazine
  • O.W.L. Foundation Case Sets Precedent for Analyzing Adequacy of Water Supply Assessments for Projects, November 2008
    McDonough Public Law Bulletin
  • Proposition 218 Implementation Guide, September 2007
    League of California Cities, September 2007 Edition


Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers - 2010
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers - 2009
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers - 2008
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers - 2007
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers - 2004