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 - Eric Danly, City Attorney, Petaluma
First Vice President - Joseph Montes, City Attorney, Alhambra, San Marino, and Santa Clarita
Second Vice President - Susana Alcala Wood, City Attorney, Sacramento
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 - Benjamin Jones (Assistant City Attorney, Carson) 
  • Environmental Quality - Nicholas Ghirelli (Assistant City Attorney, Agoura Hills) 
  • Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations - Walter Chung (Assistant City Attorney, Vista)
  • Housing, Community, and Economic Development - D. Dennis La (Deputy City Attorney, Carson, Southgate) 
  • Public Safety - Brigid Martin (Deputy City Attorney, Oakland) 
  • Revenue and Taxation - Kendall DeMatteo Levan (Senior Principal Attorney, Kane, Ballmer & Berkman)  
  • Transportation, Communication, and Public Works - Brian Wright-Bushman (Assistant City Attorney, Chino)
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

May 18, 2023
Department Business Meeting

September 20, 2023
Department Business Meeting
Annual Conference & Expo, Sacramento


Upcoming Events


September 20-22, 2023
Annual Conference and Expo

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Contact Staff

Sheri Chapman
General Counsel

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

Harveen Gill
Assistant General Counsel
(916) 658-8281

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

Leonard, Janet
Janet Leonard
Executive Assistant, Legal Services
(916) 658-8276