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 - Gillian van Muyden (Chief Assistant City Attorney, Glendale) 
  • 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 - Timothy Davis (Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP) 
  • 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 Forum
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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

September 22, 2021
Legal advocacy committee meeting 

Essential Hour: Your First Public Meeting – Brown Act Basics

November 5, 2021 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Register Now

Presented by Cal Cities’ City Attorneys Department Attorney Development and Succession and Brown Act Committee

Overseeing your first public meeting as a municipal attorney can be a daunting experience.  You might have read the Brown Act in preparation, but providing legal guidance in real time when you are in front of the public and media requires alertness to potential pitfalls, political astuteness, and confidence. 

Join us for a presentation during which we will discuss Brown Act basics, offer tips and suggestions through hypotheticals, and provide some suggested best practices.  This is a joint effort of the Brown Act Committee and the Attorney Development and Succession Committee (Substantive Law Subcommittee) of the City Attorneys Department.

The League of California Cities is a State Bar of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) approved provider. Cal Cities certified that this webinar meets the standards for participatory MCLE credit for registered attendees in the amount of 1 hour. Please note that participatory MCLE credit is only available to those who are registered to participate in the “live” webinar and Cal Cities is unable to provide credit to those who choose to view the webinar recording. 


  • Tracy Noonan, City Attorney, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Noel Doran, Assistant City Attorney, City of Palmdale
  • Thomas Jex, Burke Williams and Sorensen, LLP
  • Cara Silver, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel 

Registration is $50 for Cal Cities Members. Non-member cities and all others will be charged $150. Please note that registration is limited

Register by Thursday, November 4 at 12 p.m. For questions, please contact Megan Dunn at

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