Tyree K. Dorward



Tel: (619) 525-1338


At a Glance

Ty counsels school districts and community colleges on a wide range of general education law, facilities development, business and governance issues.
Ty is a member of several organizations, including the California Association of School Business Officials and the California School Boards Association.

He was appointed to the Coalition for Adequate School Housing Legislative Advisory Committee.

Tyree K. Dorward focuses primarily on general education law, school business and facilities issues, as well as public works purchasing, bidding and construction issues.

School Business & Facilities
Ty counsels school districts and community colleges on a wide range of general education law, business and governance issues, such as the Brown Act, Public Records Act and other business issues including, but not limited to, purchase and asset management of real property, energy conservation measures, technology procurement/use and other Education Code compliance issues. Ty also advises school districts and community colleges on all aspects of school facilities construction, modernization and operation including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and regulation by federal and state agencies. Ty’s knowledge in these areas also includes school site acquisition, alternative school construction delivery methods like lease-leaseback and design-build, as well as the permissible uses of school facilities under the Civic Center Act/Education Code and the collection of development impact fees/developer mitigation issues.

Public Works
In addition to his work with school districts and community college districts, Ty works with a variety of other public agencies in all matters associated with public works purchasing, bidding, and construction, including drafting contract language, resolving bidding and bonding issues, prevailing wage law issues, addressing stop notice claims, as well as architectural and construction disputes. Ty’s background in public works also includes extensive experience with alternative construction delivery methods including design-build, construction management multi-prime and at-risk, as well as the traditional design-bid-build method.

Ty regularly participates in and speaks at workshops and training sessions with a variety of school district organizations including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the California Association of School Business Officials, the California School Boards Association and the Community College Facility Coalition.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.S., environmental policy analysis and planning


  • California
Legal Alerts Nov 06, 2017

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019

AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water Providers and School Districts

Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2016

Lease-Leaseback Legislation Signed Into Law

California School District Construction Projects Will be Impacted

Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2014

All California Contractors and Subcontractors Involved with Public Works Projects Now Required to Register With State by March 1, 2015

Urgency Legislation SB 854 Passed by California Legislature

  • “California Public Works Contractors Must Register With State by March 2015” PublicCEO, Aug. 19, 2014 (via BBKnowledge)
  • “Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Developments on K-12 Campuses,” chapter of “Emerging Trends in Education Law,” Aspatore Books, January 2014
  • “FCC Seeks Input to Improve E-Rate School & Library Technology Program,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 24, 2013
  • “Top 10 Changes to Stop Notice Procedures for Public Agencies,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 30, 2012
  • “New Compliance Monitoring Unit To Administer Statewide Prevailing Wage Labor Compliance Program,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 6, 2012

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