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Ethan Pawson

Associate | San Francisco


Ethan is an associate in the Public Law Department, providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of issues that municipalities face, including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, political and local government ethics, land use and zoning laws, and matters involving natural resources and the environment.

Work for Clients

Ethan advises the City of Fairfield, the City of Davis, the City of Mill Valley, the firm's Community Choice Aggregation (CCAs) clients, and the San Mateo County Harbor District, among other municipalities and local agencies. Ethan has aided clients in negotiating and crafting agreements, making code amendments, drafting resolutions and ordinances, reviewing environmental documents, and resolving matters involving derelict or abandoned vessels.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon, Ethan worked with a municipal law firm in San Francisco and served as a CROWN fellow in the Sonoma County Counsel's Office.

Honors & Awards

Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Environmental Law Journal

CALI/Witkin awards for highest grade in Land Use Regulation (2019)


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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