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Monica Choi Arredondo

Russ Hildebrand

Senior Associate

Mr. Hildebrand has spent his entire legal career representing public entities. He served in the City of Rocklin City Attorney’s office for 19 years, serving as City Attorney for 14 of those years. Mr. Hildebrand began his legal career as an attorney with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency where he focused on public works contracts and loan program documentation. He then joined the City of Rocklin as a Deputy City Attorney specializing in land use, the Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, real estate transactions, and public contracting, and subsequently became the City Attorney.

While in Rocklin, Mr. Hildebrand was engaged in numerous complex land use projects, including the reconstruction of the I-80/Sierra College Boulevard interchange facilitating the development of the two largest commercial developments in Northern California in 2014. Mr. Hildebrand served as a member of the League of California Cities Legal Advocacy Committee, and has lectured on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, code enforcement procedures, and Public/Private Development Partnerships. He has extensive experience in insurance and risk management issues, having served as a board member and President of the NCCSIF JPA, which insures 23 Northern California cities.

At Jones & Mayer, Mr. Hildebrand currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Colusa, Clearlake and Fort Bragg, and as Deputy City Attorney for Bishop and Nevada City, and works on special projects across the state. He previously served as City Attorney for Fort Bragg from 2017-2019. Mr. Hildebrand is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of the law affecting local agencies. He provides legal review and guidance to city councils, boards, commissions, and staff on employment law and labor negotiations, sign ordinances and other Constitutional issues, and traditional and mail ballot elections. He regularly drafts ordinances, resolutions, development agreements, real estate contracts, and public works contracts. Mr. Hildebrand has over 20 years of experience with eminent domain proceedings and defense of inverse condemnation cases, including assembling commercial parcels for reconstruction of a freeway interchange and residential parcels for a new police station.

Mr. Hildebrand has extensive experience with land use law and CEQA. Another area of special expertise is in public infrastructure financing; CFD’s, assessment districts, and public and private bond issues. Mr. Hildebrand has drafted a number of multi-agency MOUs, including a tax sharing agreement due to a big box store relocation, a complex cost sharing agreement for the storage and delivery of raw water for irrigation, and a nine party agreement between law enforcement agencies for the operation and cost sharing of the Grizzly Bear Shooting Range in Placer County.


  • J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento


  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for The Eastern District of California
  • California Supreme Court

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Public Contracts
  • Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Public Finance