The City Attorneys Department is comprised of the attorneys that represent Cal Cities’ member cities. The department president is generally responsible for the department’s work, assisted by the first vice president, second vice president, and department representative on the Cal Cities Board of Directors.  


Department Goals and Activities

The Cal Cities' Legal Department staff, including the general counsel, the assistant general counsel, the deputy general counsel, and the legal services manager, assists the officers in implementing the department’s goals:  

  • Advance the purposes and goals of Cal Cities;
  • Support and encourage high-quality legal advice to and representation of California cities by producing conferences, continuing education programs, and other works of interest in the field of municipal law;
  • Foster the professional development and enrichment of Department members by providing the opportunity to exchange ideas, consult with one another and meet with persons in or associated with municipal law;
  • Encourage the continued advancement of city attorneys by supporting professional accomplishment and adherence to high ethical standards;
  • Serve as a technical and advisory department to Cal Cities, including analysis of pending legislation and litigation; and
  • Advance the interest of cities by helping to improve, shape and develop municipal law through Cal Cities' Legal Advocacy Program and legislative advocacy efforts.
Department Officers
President - Dave Fleishman, City Attorney, Pismo Beach and Solvang
First Vice President - Eric Danly, City Attorney, Petaluma
Second Vice President - Joseph Montes, City Attorney, Alhambra, San Marino, and Santa Clarita
Department Director - Michael Colantuono, City Attorney, Grass Valley

Policy Committee Representatives

Appointed by the department president, the City Attorneys Department has at least one representative on each of Cal Cities' policy committees. Representatives provide technical information to the committee, ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and help make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues. 

  • Community Services - David Ruderman (City Attorney, Lakeport) 
  • Environmental Quality - Nicholas Ghirelli (Assistant City Attorney, Agoura Hills) 
  • Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations - Erica Vega (City Attorney, Eastvale)
  • Housing, Community, and Economic Development - Susan Cola (Senior Special Projects Deputy City Attorney, Santa Monica) 
  • Public Safety - Brigid Martin (Assistant City Attorney, Oakland) 
  • Revenue and Taxation - Holly Whatley (Assistant City Attorney, South Pasadena, Ojai and Sierra Madre, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley)  
  • Transportation, Communication, and Public Works - Robert Schultz (Town Attorney, Los Gatos)
City Attorney Community
The California City Attorneys Community is a web-based community for the use of eligible attorneys who represent cities that are members of the League of California Cities (Cal Cities). Eligible users can login or signup to access the Community here.

To confirm eligibility, please review the User Agreement for the Community. If you have questions about the Community or your account, please send an email to

Legal Advocacy

Laws affecting cities are made in the courts, as well as in the Legislature. Consequently, Cal Cities advocacy efforts extend to the appellate courts. The organization weighs in on legal issues where its participation is likely to help advance the legal interests of all California cities. Learn more about our Legal Advocacy efforts and committee or request amicus support.

Upcoming Department Meetings

June 17, 2022
Legal Advocacy Committee Meeting

September 7, 2022
Legal Advocacy Committee Meeting
Long Beach

September 8, 2022
Department Business Meeting
Annual Conference & Expo, Long Beach


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Contact Staff

Manning, Corrie
Corrie Manning
General Counsel
(916) 658-9267

Harveen Gill
Assistant General Counsel
(916) 658-8281

Leary, Allison
Alison Leary
Deputy General Counsel
(916) 658-8266

Leonard, Janet
Janet Leonard
Legal Services Manager
(916) 658-8276