Britt Strottman is a partner in the Sacramento office of Singleton Schreiber and leads the firm’s Public Entity Environmental Practice Group specializing in litigation against corporations for wrongdoing.
A seasoned litigator with over 20 years representing state and local governments, as both in-house and outside counsel, and 30 jury trials. After working on the tobacco litigation and sub-prime mortgage issues as a senior assistant attorney general in Ohio, Britt then represented over 40 California cities and counties in opioid and fire litigation, culminating in a $1 billion settlement with PG&E for the North Bay and Camp Fires. Her knowledge of complex litigation, as well as her ability to resolve eight, nine and ten-figure lawsuits, puts her in a unique class of attorneys.
She was recognized by the Daily Journal as “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” “Top 20 Under 40” Lawyer, “Top 100 Women Lawyers,” The Recorder as a “Giant Slayer,” and The Best Lawyers in America as one of “Northern California’s Best Lawyers,” for successfully representing the city of the San Bruno in the high – profile gas line explosion and North Bay wildfire cities and counties against Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E).
Ms. Strottman represented the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Yuba, Butte and Nevada as well as the cities/town of Napa, Santa Rosa, Clearlake and the Town of Paradise in the deadly and devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Instrumental in recovering $1 Billion from PG&E for the counties and cities. She represented Calaveras County in a destructive fire against PG&E which resulted in a $25.4 million recovery for the County. She has recovered $120 million for San Bruno from PG&E in the gas line explosion. Ms. Strottman’s in-house counsel experience includes serving as a Deputy City Attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office; Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; and as a Deputy District Attorney at the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Strottman graduated in 2000 from the University of San Francisco School of Law and received her B.A in English from Vanderbilt University in 1997. She has always been passionate about protecting the elderly and proudly serves as a board member for Meals on Wheels Diablo Region. Britt enjoys spending time with her husband, three active kids, and energetic Border Collie and lives in Walnut Creek, CA. Ms. Strottman enjoys reading and has been in the same book club for 22 years.
Awards and Honors
Trailblazers Plaintiffs’ Attorneys, The National Law Journal, 2023
Northern California’s Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial lawyers The National Trial Lawyers, 2020-2021
Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2017
Energy Trailblazers, The National Law Journal, 2017
Top 100 Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2017
Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2016
Top 100 Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2015
Top 20 under 40, Daily Journal, 2015
Giant Slayer award, The Recorder, Litigation Department of the Year Contest, 2015
Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2014
Advanced Moot Court, Advocate of the Year
- Author, “Persistent ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are the Focus of Legislation and Increasing Litigation” The Recorder, January 2023
- Presenter, “Lessons Learned from a Deadly Gas Pipeline Explosion,” American Public Power Association Legal and Regulatory Conference, 2017
- Presenter, “City of San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion: A Six-Year David vs. Goliath Investigation that Slayed Two Giants,” Anti-Fraud Alliance Quarterly Meeting, 2017
- Presenter, “Recent Developments in the Laws that Affect Government Agency Communications,” University of San Francisco School of Law CLE program, 2017
- Presenter, “Women in the Courtroom,” Women Leadership in Law conference, hosted by the Daily Journal, 2017
- Feature Article Interview, “People Power: A Passion for Helping People Motivates Ms. Strottman to Fight the Good Fight – and Win!”, USFLAWYER, University of San Francisco School of Law alumni magazine, Spring 2017 “Trailblazers” issue
- Presenter, “Uh-Oh! How to Steer the Ship Back to Safety in Emergency Situations,” California Special Districts Association Annual Conference, 2016
- Profile Interview, “Ms. Strottman vs. Goliath: Fighting for Accountability,” University of San Francisco School of Law website home page, October 2015
- Presenter, “To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Public Records Act Requests at the California Public Utilities Commission”, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, 2015
- Author, “What Lies Below: Are high-pressure pipelines running through your community?” Lamorinda Weekly, July, 2015
- Attendee, “Lest History Repeat Itself- Pipeline Safety Initiatives,” Mayors Council on Pipeline Safety 2015 Conference, Philadelphia, 2015
- Presenter, “San Bruno’s Actions to Seek Pipeline Safety and Reform,” Introduction to Energy Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 2015
- Presenter, “Crisis Communications: Strategic Messaging, Team Management and Plan Implementation,” Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association, 2015
- Presenter, “How to Lead Without Breaking the Rules,” California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA), 2014
- Author, “Protecting our Power Grid,” Daily Journal, April, 2014
- Author, “Under California: Knowing What Lies Beneath,” Western City Magazine, June, 2013
- Author and Presenter, “The San Bruno, California Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion: Response, Investigation and Regulatory Actions,” International Municipal Lawyers Association, Washington, DC, 2012