Mr. Trost has almost 35 years of experience providing broad representation to local and regional public agencies. He has handled complex transactions and litigation, including the formation of numerous regional and statewide joint powers authorities. He has particular expertise in working with local and regional governments on challenging multi-jurisdictional projects, and has extensive experience advising clients on and litigating all aspects of public agency law, including transportation, land use, zoning and planning, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), real property entitlements, police power, Brown Act, Public Records Act, code enforcement, telecommunications, and intergovernmental relations.


Prior to joining Sloan Sakai, Mr. Trost served as in-house counsel to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). He also served as SACOG’s Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to 2018, and as interim Chief Executive Officer in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Trost continues to serve as SACOG’s General Counsel.

In addition to his general counsel and executive responsibilities at SACOG, Mr. Trost led a number of regional initiatives, including:

  • Negotiations for, and implementation of, the Sacramento region’s bike share system
  • Litigation before the Surface Transportation Board to ensure the safe transportation of crude oil in northern California
  • Implementation of a universal transit fare pass system for the region
  • Efforts to bring back streetcars to Sacramento and West Sacramento
  • Implementation of CEQA streamlining for transit priority and infill development projects

Mr. Trost also played a key role in the development of California Senate Bill 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, and in its implementation in the Sacramento region and statewide.


Prior to joining SACOG, Mr. Trost was a Partner with Miller, Owen & Trost, where he received Martindale-Hubbell’s “preeminent” ranking and was perennially designated a “Super Lawyer” by his peers.

While at Miller, Owen & Trost, Mr. Trost served as general counsel for multiple joint powers authorities and as special counsel to numerous cities, counties, and other public agencies.  He specialized in all aspects of public infrastructure, including financing, bidding and procurement, land acquisition and eminent domain, and construction disputes.  Representative matters include:

  • Development of transportation projects, including every extension of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail network after the initial starter line in 1987, rails-to-trails acquisitions, initiation of Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail System, and freight movement for the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Creation of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, which now delivers clean surface water to Woodland, Davis, and U.C. Davis
  • Formation of, and general counsel for, the Bizz Johnson Highway Interchange JPA as a financing mechanism to build interchanges on Highway 65 and facilitate development in the Highway 65 corridor in Placer County
  • Formation of the South Placer Wastewater Authority to finance the construction of wastewater facilities


Mr. Trost has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, teaching Local Government Law; as a mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; as President of the Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates; on the executive committee of the State Bar’s Public Law Section; on numerous committees and task forces for the Davis Joint Unified School District; and as a Senior Fellow of the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum.