Kelley A. Owens

Kelley Owens is a partner in the San Diego area office. Ms. Owens has adopted a general counsel approach for clients, providing legal guidance on a wide range of matters, including business, facilities, personnel, student issues, governance and litigation.  Ms. Owens is a co-chair of the firm's Business, Facilities, Real Estate, Construction & Energy Practice Group. She provides guidance to clients on the disposition and acquisition of property, including lease agreements and eminent domain transactions.  As part of the F3 Green Schools effort, Ms. Owens has prepared and negotiated a number of power purchase agreements to secure solar facilities for school districts.  

Ms. Owens has become one of the firm’s leading authorities on redevelopment issues, a topic of ongoing interest to school districts following the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in 2011.  She frequently analyzes school district entitlement to delinquent pass-through payments and is currently representing districts, community colleges, and county offices of education in a number of pending redevelopment litigation matters.  She has also successfully represented school districts in two of the State’s first AB 1389 redevelopment audit appeals. 

Ms. Owens also specializes in employment matters, focusing on employee discipline, classification, and layoffs.  Over the past five years, Ms. Owens has guided a number of clients through the entire certificated layoff process, including representing school districts in layoff proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings. 

A seasoned speaker, Ms. Owens often visits districts to address sensitive and emerging topics such as cyberbullying, transgender students, and First Amendment issues.  Ms. Owens has presented at various regional and state-wide conferences and appeared as a featured speaker on redevelopment issues in ACSA’s first E-ducation webinar series. 

While in law school, Ms. Owens was a member of the National Moot Court Team, earning First Place Oralist in the McLennon Moot Court Competition and competing in the ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Owens received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2008 and earned her B.S., cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 2004.

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