Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) welcomes former city attorney Jannie Quinn, who joins the firm as of counsel after more than 20 years of service in the City of Mountain View. Jannie also will support public agency clients as a consultant with Renne Public Management Group (RPMG), a division of RPLG.
“After working for 30 years in the public sector, Jannie has developed a deep understanding of how cities work,” said Nelson Fialho, executive director of RPMG. “She has an intuitive sense of the needs, goals and motivations of public agencies.”
As city attorney for the City of Mountain View, Jannie not only provided legal advice, services and support, but also managed and trained teams, developed and presented local and interagency projects and performed negotiations. She joined Mountain View from San Jose, where she served as deputy city attorney. Prior to entering public service, Jannie was a litigation associate at Robinson & Wood, Inc. in San Jose.
“Being a city attorney is an incredibly wonderful—and challenging—job,” said Jannie. “I look forward to leveraging my problem-solving skills to help both city attorneys and other public agency clients work through issues and develop good solutions.”
While Jannie has a longstanding familiarity with RPLG’s partners, who provided supplementary legal services to the City of Mountain View during her tenure as city attorney, it was her professional relationship with RPMG Consultant Dan Rich that enticed her to join the team.
“Dan and I enjoyed working together as city manager and city attorney for a number of years,” said Jannie. “Mountain View is a unique city that is always at the forefront of doing creative things.”
While in Mountain View, Jannie oversaw the implementation of the city’s Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), a voter-initiated charter amendment that aims to increase neighborhood and community stability, healthy housing and affordability for renters in Mountain View by controlling rent increases and evictions, while also ensuring landlords a fair and reasonable return on their investment and guaranteeing fair protections for renters, homeowners and businesses.
“The CSFRA is a really good example of not only the complex issues facing public entities but also how I applied my skills and experience as a city attorney to implement the charter provisions,” she said.
Jannie also was instrumental in partnering with regional public agencies to formulate and implement various interagency initiatives and programs, including Silicon Valley Clean Energy, a community choice aggregation agency, and the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority, which synchronizes radio and public safety communications systems.
“Jannie’s style is very collaborative,” said RPLG Partner Jenica Maldonado. “While she is a seasoned litigator, she also is a local government leader who is skilled at analyzing situations and bringing people together to solve problems.”
Jannie’s extensive experience is augmented by an authentic passion for public law in the public interest.
“Municipal law is fascinating,” said Jannie, who holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of San Diego. “What happens at the local level is impactful. Every day, you have the opportunity to do something important. It’s really gratifying.”
RPLG practices throughout California, advising and advocating for public agencies, nonprofit entities, individuals and private entities in need of effective, responsive and creative legal solutions. RPMG complements RPLG’s work by providing practical and effective solutions for local government.