Attorneys


Professional Summary

Tracie represents public agencies and charter schools in all facets of litigation and on a range of governance and operational matters, including contracting, financing and compliance. Tracie’s practice also includes labor and employment issues from collective bargaining and workplace investigations to defending claims for wrongful termination. Tracie has also helped clients issue over $80 million dollars in bonds and private financing and has assisted clients in obtaining and maintaining funding under federal programs including school nutrition (NSLP), early childhood education (Head Start) and rural development (USDA) programs.

Informed by her experience as a litigator and her broad range of practice, Tracie takes care to provide her clients with comprehensive and practical advice.

Representative Matters

  • Sat as general counsel at board meetings for special districts and charter schools and advised on compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Proposition 218, conflict of interest and other municipal and charter school law matters.
  • Regularly reviews and negotiates public contracts for technical, professional and construction services and easements, and conducted public agency staff training in prevailing wage law.
  • Drafts and reviews personnel policies, employment contracts and labor agreements, and acted as lead negotiator in collective bargaining with unionized workforce.
  • Litigated breach of contract claims and restraining orders in California Superior Court and administrative appeals with CalPERS and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
  • Appealed and negotiated settlement to avoid proposed termination of participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Assisted community water district in obtaining public and private financing for capital projects, assisted hospital district with equipment financing, and assisted in bond issues for charter schools and nonprofits.
  • Prepared advisory memorandum surrounding rate setting and fees, including structuring and compliance with Propositions 26 and 218, and helped successfully defend a class action lawsuit challenging rates under Proposition 218.

Recognitions

  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego Outstanding Service Award – 2012
  • UC Hastings Snodgrass Competition – 2009 Second Place Oral Advocate

Community

  •  California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Slow Food Urban San Diego

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2011, cum laude
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 2006, provost’s honors

News Coverage

  • “Procopio adds associates Jones, Stender, Wells,” The Daily Transcript, September 15, 2014.

Seminars

  • Co-presenter. “Conflicts of Interest: Beyond the Basics,” The 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2018.
  • Co-presenter. “It’s All About that Documentation,” The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, Sacramento, CA, March 22, 2017.
  • Co-presenter. "Emerging Trends in School Health and Safety - Cops, Courts, SB277 and More," The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, Sacramento, CA, March 22, 2017.
  • Co-presenter. "Essential Employment Policies To Move Your School Forward," The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, Sacramento, CA, March 21, 2017.

Publications

  • “New Rules Require Free and Reduced-Price Meals: Are You Ready?” November 13, 2018.
  • What to Do About Union Dues? Janus, SB 866 and Charter Schools,” July 9, 2018.
  • “Geolocation and Jurisdiction: From Purposeful Availment to Avoidance and Targeting on the Internet,” Journal of Technology Law & Policy, December 2011