Steve Mitra

Assistant County Counsel

Steve Mitra joined the Office of County Counsel as a Deputy in 2008 and was appointed to Assistant County Counsel in 2014.  He manages attorneys in the Office’s General Government section who advise clients spending the County’s discretionary funds.  The areas he oversees include the Finance Agency, County Assessor’s Office, Registrar of Voters, Clerk of the Board, Agriculture and Environmental Management and the Department of Environmental Health, Information Services, Procurement, Parks and Recreation, and Roads and Airports departments.  His responsibilities include representation of the County Personnel Board and oversight of the Planning Commission’s representation.  He also oversees the County’s California Public Records Act response process, as well as the County’s response to whistleblower complaints. 

A significant portion of his duties involve advising County officials and employees on public governance issues (e.g. Political Reform Act, Govt. Code 1090, the Brown Act).  He is part of the County Counsel’s team on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest issues, and its team on Redevelopment Dissolution matters.  He provides legal advice to County departments on sustainability and renewable energy projects. 

Steve’s professional expertise includes:

  • Renewable energy/sustainability projects
  • Dissolution of redevelopment
  • Public governance
  • Contracting and procurement
  • Taxation and finance


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • New York University Wagner School of Public Service, M.P.A./Public Policy
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. (Physics)

Prior Experience

  • Associate at Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco, CA
  • Associate at Hogan & Hartson (now: Hogan & Lovells), Washington, DC
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik, federal district court judge, Seattle, Washington

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