Janet L. Mueller

San Diego

TEL: 619.595.0202


FAX: 619.702.6202


Janet L. Mueller is a Shareholder in the San Diego office. Janet has served in numerous leadership positions during her more than 25 years with DWK, including Managing Shareholder of DWK and of the San Diego office, as well as Chair of the Public Finance Group, the Business, Property and Construction Group, and the Charter Schools Group.

Janet began her legal career as a school bond lawyer, later expanding her expertise to all matters pertaining to school and college district assets: business contracts and procurement, school site and real estate acquisition, leasing and disposition; asset management, school district reorganization; environmental and CEQA compliance; fees, taxes, and finance; interagency relationships and agreements. As a practitioner in the Public Finance Group, Janet supports districts and independent schools statewide in tax-exempt borrowings of all kinds, including bond election campaigns, bond issuance, and citizen’s oversight committee formation and management.

Janet also maintains a busy practice representing school districts in charter school-related matters, having been a founding member of that practice group at DWK.  She advises and trains school boards and administrators in the review of charter petitions, charter oversight, operational accountability and compliance, and charter housing.  Janet is an active member of DWK’s BETA practice, bringing a strong expertise in public official ethics, government transparency, and accountability doctrines to bear in her bond and general practice.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH).


University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D.)
University of California, Berkeley (B.A., cum laude)


State Bar of California

Memberships & Associations

California Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
San Diego County Bar Association

Practice Areas Business and Property , Public Finance , Board Ethics, Transparency and Accountability , Construction , Charter Schools , Community Colleges / Higher Education , Public Entities, Nonprofit Corporations and Independent Schools


Other Publications and Presentations

DWK’s Developer Fee Digest
“Engaging Community to Pass a Local Bond: One District’s (Success) Story”
“Reporting Gifts: Know What They Are and Report Them with Certainty”
“Charter School Facilities and Proposition 39: Trends and Developments”
“Parcel Taxes: Are They Right for Your District?”
“Serving Public Education without Violating Gifts and Ethics Laws: A Legal Review for Districts and Consultants”
“The Importance of Ethics in Financing Transactions”
Lawful Campaigning for November Measures
Charter Authorizers’ “201” Webinar: Proposition 39 – A Decade Later
DWK Webinar: Parcel Taxes: Are They Right for Your District?
Charter Authorizers Webinar Series: Charter Schools As LEAs
School Business Lunchbox Webinar: Revenue Raising Part One
Charter Authorizers Webinar Series: Setting High Standards Before and During the Petition Process, Part I
Charter Authorizers Webinar Series: Foundations and Definitions