Eric S. Casher

Overview

Eric Casher has been assisting public and private clients with legal and regulatory matters throughout California for nearly 10 years. His comprehensive experience ranges from public  law and public contracting to construction litigation, workplace investigations and public-private partnerships. Eric has a particular focus on the broad range of challenges that government agencies, cities, counties and special districts face as they implement their mandates and missions. He provides public entities with both general and special counsel related services. Eric also is an experienced litigator with a published California Court of Appeals opinion following his successful representation of a municipality in bid protest litigation case.

Eric has specialty expertise in public contracting and advises clients at all stages of project development and implementation, from the drafting of front-end bid specifications and the handling of bid protests to complex litigation of construction disputes, breach of contract claims, and bid protests. He has extensive experience representing public and private clients on public contract procurement issues, and has litigated disputes involving complex indemnity issues, construction project delay claims, stop notice claims, prevailing wage disputes, and ADA matters. Eric’s published California Court of Appeals opinion following his successful representation of a municipality remains a leading case in California as it affirms the discretion of a City to waive an error in a bid for a public works project. 

Eric’s focus on public law reflects his commitment to public service. In 2013, Eric was appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to serve a four-year term as Commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). As a Commissioner with the FPPC, Eric enforces campaign finance laws and helps develop policies to improve the applicability and use of the Political Reform Act. His FPPC experience contributes to the expertise he provides to clients in matters relating to governance, statutory powers, Political Reform Act, California Public Records Acts, Brown Act and other conflict of interest laws.

Eric is an active member of the community for which he received an “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” award from the Bar Association of San Francisco. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Bar Foundation, the California Association of Black Lawyers, and the Charles Houston Bar Association. The Black Law Students Association of the University of California Hastings College of the Law has honored Eric with a Distinguished Alumni Award (2015) and Alumni of the Year Award (2010-2011). He also received the “President’s Award” from the Charles Houston Bar Association (2014) and the National Bar Association named Eric to its “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” list in 2011.

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, UC Hastings College of the Law - Black Law Students Association, 2015
  • Recipient, President's Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • Recipient, Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Recipient, “Hot List,” Lawyers of Color, 2014
  • Recipient, “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40,” National Bar Association, 2011
  • Recipient, "2010-2011 Alumni of the Year," UC Hastings College of the Law - Black Law Students Association
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service," Bar Association of San Francisco, 2010

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Required Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training, Parts I and II,” California Special Districts Association (CSDA) 46th Annual Conference, 2015
  • Presenter, “Public Contracts Overview and Update On Recent Legislation,” 19th Annual American Public Works Association (APWA) Conference, 2015
  • Panelist, "Law Firms and Diversity," Oakland Centro Legal de la Raza: Diversity Legal Pipeline Program, 2015
  • Presenter, “SB 854: Contractor Registration Requirements for Public Works,” Meyers Nave webinar, 2015
  • Speaker, “I’m A Lawyer, I Don’t Need a Brand, Or Do I,” California Minority Counsel Program 25th Anniversary Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Pleadings and Dispositive Motions,” Charles Houston Bar Association, MCLE Series, 2014
  • Speaker, “Bid Protests and the Impact of Recent Legislation,” 18th Annual APWA Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Navigating Your Way Through Bid Protests,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “Bid Protests and the Impact of Legislation,” APWA Annual Conference, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, UC Hastings College of the Law - Black Law Students Association Graduation, 2011
  • Co-Author, “We Are All Going Green! A New Green Contract Addendum is Released,” Kluwer Law International - Construction Law Blog, 2010
  • Author, “Bad Faith Settlement Claims by Contractors Against Two Sureties Illustrate When Conduct May Be Improper,” ConstructionWebLinks Industry Reports Newsletter, 2010
  • Speaker, “Lessons Learned From the Obama Campaign and Grassroots Constituency Group Organizing,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Sweden), U.S. Department of State, 2010
  • Speaker, “Grassroots Political Organizing and the Obama Campaign,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Digital Video Conference, Suriname), U.S. Department of State, 2010
  • Speaker, “African American Political Progress and the Importance of Youth Participation in Electoral Politics,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Namibia and Zambia), U.S. Department of State, 2009
  • Author, “Contractual Agreement to Submit Construction Disputes to Referee is Enforceable, California Court Holds,” ConstructionWebLinks Industry Reports Newsletter, 2008

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Commissioner, California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
  • Special Assistant to the President of the Charles Houston Bar Association
  • Board Member, California Bar Foundation
  • Board Member and Life Member, California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Vice President, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • General Counsel, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2013
  • Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Former Vice Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Construction Barrister’s Group, 2009-2011
  • Member, American Bar Association

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD, 2006
  • University of California at Berkeley, BA, Sociology, 2000