rwgMichael Estrada
Michael EstradaShareholderLos Angeles







Michael Estrada is senior counsel at Richards, Watson & Gershon, and a member of its Public Law Department.

Mr. Estrada concentrates on the representation of public agency clients in a wide range of areas, with an emphasis on public works and prevailing wage, public contracts generally, affordable housing, real estate, solid waste and recycling, land use, and successor agency matters.

Mr. Estrada has previously served as City Attorney to the cities of Bell Gardens (1993-1994), San Fernando (1995-1997; 1999-2012) and Yucaipa (2010-2012), and as General Counsel to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (1999-2014).

Mr. Estrada is chair of the firm's Public Works Practice Group, and regularly advises public agency clients on public works issues, with an emphasis on procurement and prevailing wage issues, and public contracting generally.

Mr. Estrada also advises the firm's public agency clients on compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act and related issues, including the procurement, negotiation, drafting, and enforcement of solid waste franchise agreements.

Mr. Estrada assisted redevelopment agencies throughout the state with redevelopment transactions for a variety of commercial and residential projects, including numerous affordable housing transactions. He now provides counsel on various issues related to the implementation of AB X1 26 and the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Prior to Attending law school, Mr. Estrada worked as a city planner for the City and County of San Francisco.


B.A., Urban and Rural Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1979
M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1986

Practice Areas
Municipal Law
Public Works
Solid Waste