Jennifer K. Bell

Jennifer Bell’s practice areas include real estate development and representation of public agencies in matters related to governance, administration, operation, public contracting and public housing disposition. Ms. Bell currently serves as the General Counsel to the Oakland, Berkeley and City of Alameda Housing Authorities.


Ms. Bell’s responsibilities as a lawyer serving local government entities has included extensive involvement in the preparation and review of proposed resolutions and contracts, reviewing and drafting of staff reports, writing opinions and memoranda to clients covering a wide variety of legal issues, and providing advice and recommendations to clients regarding the resolution of such issues.


Ms. Bell has significant experience representing public entities in procurement and construction, including drafting contracts and other agreements; resolving bid disputes and construction claims and other public contracting issues; fair housing issues; and compliance with general government requirements such as the Brown Act and Public Records Act. Her practice also includes the representation of developers of low- and moderate-income housing in all aspects of development and finance, including the negotiation and drafting of architectural

and construction contracts; the financing of affordable housing, and the negotiation of disposition and development agreements.


B.A., honors, Wellesley College. J.D., Harvard University Law School.

Previous Employment

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Deputy General Counsel.  City of Oakland, Deputy City Attorney. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, San Francisco, Attorney. Legal Aid Society of Alameda County.

Professional and Volunteer Affiliations

State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section. American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.  Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. Charles Houston Bar Association.


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