Marcelo Quiñones

Deputy County Counsel

Marcelo Quiñones joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2017.  Marcelo is a member of the Public Safety and Justice, Social Justice and Impact Litigation, and General Government Sections.  He advises the County on a broad array of public law issues, including contracting, compliance, public governance, and policy initiatives.  He also supports the County in its regulatory response to the passage of Proposition 64, which permits limited personal use and cultivation of nonmedical cannabis, and licensing for commercial cannabis activities. 

Prior to joining the office, Marcelo worked on enforcement and regulatory guidance in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, with an emphasis on language access and school discipline.  While in private practice, he represented government entities in charter school matters and commercial clients in corporate and government investigations, securities enforcement, and complex commercial litigation.  His pro bono practice emphasized criminal law, civil rights, and educational equity, including a case in which he represented Mexican American students challenging Arizona’s ethnic studies ban. 

Marcelo’s professional expertise includes: 

  • Civil rights laws
  • Government contracting and investigations
  • Education law
  • Affirmative litigation 


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Florida State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005

Professional Associations

  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association​
  • Leadership Institute Fellow of the Center for American Progress (2016)
  • Advisory Committee Member of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Education Law Clinic (2014)
  • Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Lawyers in Schools Program, (2013-2014)

Prior Experience

  • Supervising Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (2016-2017)
  • Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (2014-2016)
  • Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP (2012-2014)

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