Lauren M. Charneski is a Shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office, representing school and community college districts, and other nonprofit education entities, in a variety of construction, business, and charter school matters. Her focus provides a balanced understanding of the financial, administrative, and operational issues that often overlap practice areas.
Lauren has worked extensively with districts on stand-alone construction projects, as well as entire construction bond programs, to provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues from pre-project consultant procurement and contract negotiations to project delivery selection to project close-out. During a project, if performance, scope, or payment issues arise, Lauren works to help resolve those disputes effectively and efficiently. She is also highly experienced with a host of miscellaneous construction issues such as Citizens Bond Oversight Committees, contractor prequalification, bid protests, CUPCCAA, prevailing wage, and certified payroll requests.
Lauren also advises and provides training on a range of business and charter matters. She works with districts on the procurement of non-construction goods and services utilizing alternate procurement approaches such as “piggyback,” CMAS, and cooperative purchasing contracts, as well as the procurement of specialized professional services. Lauren also works with charter authorizers on issues such as charter petitions, petition appeals, and charter school oversight.