Cassie E. Trapesonian, Director

Practice Areas

Practice Description

Cassie Trapesonian advises public agencies in the areas of public agency law, transportation law, and public procurements and contracting.  Ms. Trapesonian currently serves as General Counsel to the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Assistant General Counsel to the Orange County Transportation Authority, Assistant General Counsel to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, and Assistant General Counsel to the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency.

Ms. Trapesonian advises public clients on a wide variety of matters that confront local and regional government agencies, including compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, Joint Exercise of Powers Act, Public Contract Code, privacy laws, government ethics and conflicts of interest, and state and federal transportation laws and regulations. She regularly drafts contracts, resolutions, and legal opinions, including public works contracts and federally funded agreements.  She also negotiates complex and multi-party contracts involving both public and private parties and regularly advises clients during procurements involving both state and federal funding. Ms. Trapesonian has guided multiple public agencies through the Surplus Land Act process and the unique issues that arise with surplus land acquired through the power of Eminent Domain.


Ms. Trapesonian has extensive experience advising clients on large transportation and public infrastructure projects throughout all phases of project delivery from planning to procurement, and through project close out, including bid protests, change orders, task orders, stop notices, bankruptcy, defaults, project audits, and compliance with state and federal grant requirements. She has also advised and assisted hearing officers on compliance with federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements and the California Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act. Ms. Trapesonian enjoys serving public agencies and seeing the impacts of the work they do throughout Southern California.

Professional Activities

Ms. Trapesonian is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (including the Mommy Esquire Committee), the State Bar of California, the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International, and the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Legal Affairs Committee.

Relevant Publications & Presentations

  • “Protecting Victims of Cyberstalking, Cyberharassment, and Online Impersonation Through Prosecutions and Effective Laws,” 54 Jurimetrics 277 (2014).
  • “Qualified Immunity and the Application of Pearson: C.F. ex rel. Farnan v. Capistrano Unified School District,” Jennifer Bursch & Cassie Cox, 5 Regent J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 85 (2013).


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (J.D., 2014)
  • University of Arizona (B.S., Business Economics, Magna Cum Laude, 2011)