Eric Casher is married to Susanna Telles Casher. He 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’s leadership at Meyers Nave includes serving as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
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 currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pinole, a city of approximately 19,000 residents located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and General Counsel of the East Bay Dischargers Authority, a joint powers agency consisting of five local agencies that manages wastewater treatment and disposal for a population of approximately 900,000. Eric advises these clients on all legal matters affecting governance, decision-making, daily operations and long-term policy.
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 successfully represented a municipality in a published California Court of Appeals decision that remains a leading case in California public contract law 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). The FPPC enforces political campaign, lobbying and conflict of interest laws. Eric’s 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 was recently appointed an Ex-Officio Committee member of the League of California Cities’ FPPC Committee.
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 as President of the Charles Houston Bar Association, Vice President of the California Bar Foundation, and a Board member of the California Association of Black Lawyers. 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 “Unity Award” from the Minority Bar Coalition (2016).