David Fleishman is of counsel to the firm and provides support to our clients in labor and employment and general municipal advisory matters. He has been a City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney for more than 20 years in a wide range of cities throughout California. He is currently City Attorney of Pismo Beach and Solvang. He previously served as City Attorney of Pacific Grove, Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Morro Bay, King City and Atascadero, and as special counsel to the civil service commissions for the Cities of Seal Beach and Torrance. He has provided labor and employment legal services to nearly 30 other cities and special districts.
David has extensive experience in the labor and employment area, including effective counseling regarding employment issues, ADA issues, FLSA issues, and workers’ compensation. He has prosecuted dozens of disciplinary appeal hearings, and he has served as lead labor negotiator on behalf of numerous public agencies. He has extensive experience under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act which governs local government labor relations in California, both in connection with labor negotiations, and in defending against unfair labor practices before the Public Employment Relations Board. Although David’s license to practice law in Nevada is currently on inactive status, he has provided similar labor services there.
He successfully represented the City of Morro Bay in George v. City of Morro Bay, 177 F. 3d. 885 (9th Cir. 1999). He authored Paper Terrorism: The Impact of the “Sovereign Citizen” on Local Government, Public Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2004). He has also acted as a consultant to the League of California Cities on legislative matters and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Legal Advocacy Committee for the League of California Cities. He has also served as an editor for the Municipal Law Handbook, the benchmark legal text for California municipal law practitioners.
Education: David is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He obtained his juris doctorate at the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating cum laude. He is admitted to active practice in California, and inactive status in the states of Arizona and Nevada. He served on the Arizona Law Review while pursuing his legal education.
• Public Law
• Labor & Employment Law
• California Public Records Act
• Contracts and Agreements
• Public Works Contracting
• Land Use / CEQA
• Election Law