Leslie R. Lacher

Leslie Reed Lacher is a partner in the San Diego area office, whose practice focuses on business and facilities, school construction/business litigation, and charter school matters.

Ms. Lacher has significant experience in preparing requests for qualifications/requests for proposals, comprehensive bid packages, architectural services agreements, leases, and easement agreements for school district clients. She also advises district administrators on a variety of construction and procurement-related matters including stop payment notices and enforcement actions, bid protests, construction defect disputes, change orders, and bonding issues, among others. Recently, Ms. Lacher successfully defended a local school district in Superior Court on a petition for writ of mandate brought by a global telecommunications provider to invalidate the award of a contract.

As a co-chair of the firm's Charter Schools Practice Group, Ms. Lacher provides guidance on a wide range of charter issues. She regularly advises clients on charter petition review and procedures, oversight, renewal, revocation, and navigating the Proposition 39 facilities request process. She is experienced at representing districts in appeals of denied charter petitions, as well as preparing and negotiating a range of memoranda of understanding on fiscal, operational, accountability, governance, and special education issues.

While in law school, Ms. Lacher was a member of the San Diego Law Review and served on the SDLR Editorial Board as a Lead Articles Editor. In addition, she participated in her law school's special education legal clinic, for which she received the outstanding special education intern award for the 2007-2008 academic year and the pro bono service award in recognition of her contributions.

Ms. Lacher received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2008 and her bachelor's degree, with high honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004.

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