Sara J. Ponzio

Deputy County Counsel

Sara J. Ponzio joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2009.  Sara is a member of the General Government team, and primarily works as transactional counsel on matters involving public contracting and public works.  Sara has advised the Health & Hospital System and Facilities and Fleet Department in the completion and opening of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's new 168 patient bed building, and is primary counsel on issues of jail construction.  Sara is responsible for negotiating contracts for goods and related services for the Health & Hospital System and other County departments.  Sara also represents the Department of Revenue, the Fairgrounds Management Corporation, and various boards and commissions.

Sara has successfully litigated a number of cases before the Sixth District Court of Appeal, and obtained published decisions in People v. Bankers Insurance Co. (2016) and People v. Lexington National Insurance Corporation (2016).  She was also the primary author of an amicus brief in County of Alameda v. WCAB (Knittel) (2013).  Sara has also served as counsel to fire districts and the Department of Child Support Services.

Sara’s professional expertise includes:

  • Public works
  • Public contracting and procurement
  • Appellate litigation


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1999
    • Public Interest Law Section
  • University of California, Riverside, B.A., 1995

Prior Experience

  • Partner and Associate at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP, CA (2000-2009)

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