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Maria Bee

Chief Assistant City Attorney / Litigation Divisions

Chief Assistant City Attorney Maria Bee oversees both the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division and the General & Complex Litigation Division (defense). She is a member of the City Attorney's Executive Team.

Ms. Bee has 25 years of experience in the legal community, both as a practicing attorney and as a fighter for justice for the most vulnerable populations.

Ms. Bee first worked in the City Attorney's Office from 2000 to 2006 as a Deputy City Attorney prosecuting civil hate crimes lawsuits and handling various litigation matters including dangerous conditions of public property, breach of contract and alleged constitutional violations. She also handled high profile jury trials including a six-week trial in Bari v. City of Oakland, a Fourth Amendment lawsuit filed by two environmental activists who were arrested after a bomb exploded in their car as they were traveling through Oakland. Other jury trials included a wrongful death case and cases involving allegations of an illegal strip search and false arrest.

From 2006 to 2014, Ms. Bee served as the Chief of the Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In this role, she was responsible for providing critical services to victims of crime in San Francisco.

In 2014, Ms. Bee returned to the City Attorney’s Office as a supervising attorney in the Litigation Division. In 2016, she was assigned to head the newly established Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division, which focuses on social, economic and environmental justice for Oakland residents. In 2018, Ms. Bee was promoted to Chief Assistant City Attorney overseeing all litigation matters (both affirmative and defense).

Ms. Bee received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in French History from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law and began her legal career as an associate at McCutchen Doyle, Brown & Enerson, where she handled general commercial litigation cases.

Ms. Bee is a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association and chairs the Alameda County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service committee. She also also serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of La Casa de Las Madres, an advocacy program for survivors of domestic violence.


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