Maribel S. Medina is a Partner at the law firm Leal Trejo, APC. For nearly three decades, Leal Trejo, APC, has served public agencies of California, including cities, water districts, school districts, county offices of education and community colleges. We have expertise serving the legal needs of school districts as small as a few thousand students to those of the second largest school district in the country. Our team of attorneys represent public entities in the capacity of city attorneys, general counsel and special counsel.
Ms. Medina represents public entities throughout California. She specializes in the following areas of law: public contracts, labor and employment, litigation and general governance for public entities. Ms. Medina is an attorney investigator, specializing in high profile investigations involving governmental officials, sworn officers, executives and high-level employees. Ms. Medina provides trainings for employers on a wide range of personnel matters arising under state and federal law, with an emphasis on harassment, discrimination, employee privacy and social media issues.
Ms. Medina chairs the firm’s education and litigation practice groups. In this capacity, she is responsible for the firm’s civil litigation matters. Most recently, on behalf of a water district, Ms. Medina prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of a qui tam lawsuit. On behalf of a city client, Ms. Medina persuaded the U.S Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit to affirm the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a motel owner alleging violations of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Her litigation experience also includes working collaboratively with state and federal agencies. For example, Ms. Medina works with district attorney offices throughout the state on matters dealing with allegations of fraud, conflicts of interest and child abuse. She works with the Securities and Exchange Commission on matters related to the public bond funds.
Ms. Medina is active in various bar associations and advisory boards. She has served as past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (MABA), president of the statewide La Raza Lawyers Association, General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association, General Counsel for HONOR PAC and on the Membership Advisory Committee for the California Lawyers Association.
Despite Ms. Medina’s numerous professional obligations, she prioritizes her commitment to community service. She believes that she has a duty to give back to the community that gave so much to her. For instance, after negotiating multi-million-dollar development deals for a city or school district, or? after meeting with elected officials in Sacramento regarding policy issues and legislation that affect the Latino community, Ms. Medina makes time to reach out to young students to help motivate them to attend college. She regularly shares her experience with students at local colleges, high schools and continuation schools.
MARIBEL S. MEDINA’S EDUCATION:
• J.D., Berkeley Law (1995)
• M.P.A., Harvard University (1994)
• B.A., University of California at Berkley (1991)