The Office of City Attorney represents the City as a municipal corporation. The City Attorney is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the City Council. Principal among the City Attorney’s duties are to advise the City Council and Planning Commission at meetings; prepare resolutions and ordinances; act as counsel to the Redevelopment Agency; handle civil litigation in which the City or Agency is involved; serve as City Prosecutor on code enforcement cases; advise on Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, and Fair Political Practices Commission matters; prepare contracts for professional services and for the acquisition and disposition of real property; assist the City Council and City staff in interpreting City code; and advise on environmental, land use, legislative, and election law matters.
In April 2004 the City Council selected the law firm of Rutan & Tucker, LLP to serve as the contract City Attorney and Redevelopment Agency counsel. Rutan is a full service law firm with over 160 attorneys practicing in the fields of government agency law; real estate law; litigation; employment and labor law; corporate, securities, and tax law; bankruptcy law; environmental and land use law, and intellectual property law. Dan Slater, a partner at Rutan, was appointed to the position of City Attorney/Agency Counsel. Prior to his appointment as City Attorney, Dan and his firm had been counsel to the Redevelopment Agency since the early 1990s. Dan has over 20 years of municipal law experience. He earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California at Berkeley. He also holds a B.A. from the University of the Pacific, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dan is licensed to practice law in the courts of California and federal district court for the Central District of California.