Real Estate / Eminent Domain
Sharon Suarez focuses her practice on representing and counseling public schools, community college districts and health care districts with respect to construction, facilities, real estate, purchasing, contracts and related matters. Her practice consists of providing advice, consultation and legal services concerning public works and procurement issues, including bidding procedures, award of contracts, preparation of construction, construction management, project management, design professional and other consultants agreements, contract administration and close-out and dispute resolution. In the course of representing schools and colleges, Sharon has worked on a wide range of issues, including site selection and development, documenting and handling real estate transactions including easements, entitlements, zoning and land use issues, drafting and implementation of project labor agreements, labor compliance programs, community outreach programs and owner-controlled insurance programs, managing bidding, contract and claims issues.
Sharon was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California in 1981, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Sharon is actively involved in various public agency and construction related organizations, including the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), in which she serves as a member of that organization Legal Advisory Committee, Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education Facilities Network. She routinely speaks before various construction and facilities related associations and presents workshops and seminars throughout the State of California on topics of interest to schools and community college districts.