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Steven Nguy

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Steven specializes in writs and appeals. Steven has extensive experience in both trial and appellate courts litigating a wide variety of complex public law issues involving land use and planning, inverse condemnation, tort liability, constitutional law, elections law, and public works.

Steven represents a diverse array of public agencies throughout California. Every agency has its own unique political, practical, and economic considerations. Steven tailors his litigation strategy to prioritize each client’s unique considerations. Steven passionately and expertly litigates cases to achieve the outcome that best meets his clients’ needs.

Having experience at all levels of litigation, Steven has unique foresight into the ways cases unfold in litigation. He frequently advises his clients at the administrative level on how to maximize success in anticipated litigation by building strong administrative records.

Work for Clients

Steven has represented the County of Sacramento and the cities of Fairfield, Mill Valley, San Bruno, Davis, Livermore, Pismo Beach, Maywood, Beverley Hills, Temecula, and Moorpark. Steven also represents a number of joint powers authorities including the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, Marin Emergency Radio Authority, and Pioneer Community Energy.

Professional Experience

During law school, Steven served as a judicial extern for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining RWG in 2016, Steven worked on complex corporate transactions as a corporate attorney at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Honors & Awards

Witkin Award for highest grade in Administrative Law, 2015

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, San Francisco Bar Association

Member, Alameda County Bar Association

Member, Solano County Bar Association




Litigation Victories

  • Move Eden Housing et al. v. City of Livermore et al.. Successfully defended the city and city clerk’s rejection of a referendum petition seeking to block development of affordable housing.
  • City of Fairfield v. Hansaben Investments LLC. Represented the city in obtaining a judgment against a hotel operator for $336,000 in outstanding transient occupancy taxes.
  • Richard Battersby v. City of Fairfield. Successfully defended the city in a Public Records Act lawsuit involving thousands of documents.



J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law

B.A., University of California, Davis

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