Jeffrey Walter has specialized in public agency law for almost 40 years. He serves as City Attorney for the cities of Martinez, Novato and Sonoma. He previously served as City Attorney of Benicia (1985-1992); Cotati (1981-2007); and the Town of Corte Madera (1988-2015). He also serves as special counsel to the Sonoma County Civil Service Commission representing the Commission in its disciplinary hearing proceedings. He has represented other districts and agencies.
His practice focuses on all aspects of municipal law, including land use regulation, local taxation, development fees, elections, initiatives and referenda, and cannabis regulations. Jeffrey has been actively involved in a variety of public law issues and has presented at conferences and seminars.
Jeffrey has been actively involved in the advancement of the legal profession, having served as the President of the Sonoma County Bar Association and co-founder of the Sonoma County Young Lawyers Association. He has served as one of Sonoma County Bar Association’s delegates to the State Bar conventions and was a member of the California Trial Lawyers Association.
Giving back to his local community is important to Jeffrey. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, a non-profit organization providing over 450 mentors to at-risk children in Sonoma Valley. He was a former chair and member of the Sonoma County Planning Commission and member of a variety of other non-profit organizations. He hosted KFTY-TV’s (Channel 50) “Forum 50 – You and the Law” program.
Jeffrey graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College (BA 1970) and received his law degree from the University of Santa Clara (JD 1974, graduating magna cum laude). While in law school, he was an articles editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. Jeffrey was an extern law clerk to the Honorable Stanley Mosk (deceased), Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, and was law clerk to the Honorable Spencer Williams, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of California (1974-1976). In 2009, Jeffrey received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating from members of the bar and judiciary: a rating he retains to the present time. In 2010, 2011, 2020, and 2021, he was recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers.
Jeffrey published various articles pertaining to legal issues and is a co-author of the Solano Press book entitled “Ballot Box Navigator.”
- Constitutional Issues
- Marijuana Taxation and Regulation
- Public Works Contracting
- Real Estate
- Land Use Planning and CEQA
- Public Law
- Conflicts of Interest
- Brown Act