rwgTrisha Ortiz
Trisha OrtizShareholderSan Francisco







Trisha Ortiz is a shareholder of Richards, Watson & Gershon. She counsels local governments on all aspects of municipal governance, including public meetings, transactional, and land use matters, the interpretation, application of, and compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, and other conflict of interest and ethics laws. Ms. Ortiz currently serves as General Counsel for the Marin Emergency Radio Authority, Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Ross, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fairfield, Assistant General Counsel to the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Assistant General Counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, and Special Counsel to the County of Sonoma for its energy independence program.

In addition to her general municipal law practice, Ms. Ortiz specializes in advising clients with regard to elections, imposing and increasing taxes and fees, special tax and assessment financing, clean energy financing, infrastructure financing districts, and redevelopment dissolution. Ms. Ortiz also provides bond and disclosure counsel services to public agencies in connection with financing public projects.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ortiz spent over seven years working in state legislative government where she served as legislative staff in the Arizona House of Representatives, focusing on tax policy and the state budget, and she also worked as a lobbyist in the Michigan State Legislature. Ms. Ortiz has leveraged her legislative experience to provide state law solutions to our clients' municipal needs. Namely, she assisted the City of Palm Desert in writing AB 811, which authorizes public agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements on private property, also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy or "PACE." Ms. Ortiz also assisted the City of Fairfield in writing AB 806, which authorizes certain community development powers for cities.

Ms. Ortiz's speaking engagements include:

"EIFDs: Tax Increments of a Different Ilk," The Bond Buyer's 25th Annual California Public Finance Conference, October 22, 2015

"Economic Development and Local Infrastructure Financing in the Post-RDA Era," The Bond Buyer's 22nd Annual California Public Finance Conference, October 18, 2012

"Legislative Fixes for Congressional Action," PACE Solutions: Bringing AB 811 Home Conference, March 3, 2011

"Public Financing of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements on Private Property," County Counsel's Association of California, Taxation Fall 2009 Study Section Conference, November 19, 2009

"Jumping the Legislative Hurdles," City and County Energy Conference, November 16, 2009

"AB 811 Contractual Assessments," California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission: Public Financing for Solar Energy, October 9, 2009

"Government Financing for Private Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvements," The Bond Buyer's 19th Annual California Public Finance Conference, September 15, 2009

"Preparing for Bond Takeout!", The Palm Desert AB 811 Conference, June 12, 2009

"Formation of Community Facilities Districts," Southern California City Clerk's Association General Meeting, September 20, 2007

Ms. Ortiz's publications include:

"AB 811: The Promise and Challenge of Public Agency Financing for Private Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvements," Public Law Journal, an Official Publication of the State Bar of California Public Law Section, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2010


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2003
M.B.A., Arizona State University, 2000
B.S., University of Arizona, 1992

Practice Areas

Public Law
Public Finance