Notwithstanding the many changes in the legal profession, clients still look to individual lawyers for professional excellence, judgment, service, and accountability. Mr. Hanley and Mr. Fleishman collectively represent nearly 60 years of legal experience. Hanley & Fleishman was formed and is dedicated to giving principal attention to every assignment for our public entity clients.
David M. Fleishman
David M. Fleishman has practiced extensively in the area of public law and in the area of labor and employment law. His practice has focused on the representation of public agencies in an advisory role as city attorney or general counsel, as well as in public entity defense litigation, including writs and appeals, civil rights, Fair Labor Standards Act, wrongful termination, public contracting, tort claims and code enforcement. He has previously represented nearly 30 cities and special districts throughout California and Nevada.
He currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pismo Beach, and as assistant city attorney for the City of Solvang. He formerly served as City Attorney for the City of Pacific Grove, and deputy city attorney for the City of Atascadero. He also previously served as assistant city attorney for the City of Morro Bay. He was formerly Assistant General Counsel for the Cambria Community Services District. He also previously served as General Counsel for the San Simeon Community Services District. He has served as special counsel for the City of Torrance and City of Seal Beach civil service commissions. Prior to that, he worked for the Los Angeles law firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon, representing dozens of cities and other public agencies in California and Nevada.
Mr. Fleishman 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 practice in the states of California, Arizona and Nevada. 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 is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Legal Advocacy Committee for the League of California Cities. He has also served as a chapter editor for the Municipal Law Handbook, the benchmark legal text for California municipal law practitioners.
Roy A. Hanley
Roy A. Hanley has practiced extensively in the area of public and municipal law and in the areas of land use, water law, and real estate. He currently serves as the appointed city attorney for the city of Solvang, and as general counsel for the Los Osos Community Services District. He formerly served as the appointed city attorney for the City of Atascadero and the City of King. He was formerly a general partner in the full service civil practice law firm of Morlan, Jones and Hanley, which served as the city attorney for the City of Atascadero. He has a full range of experience in litigating both court and jury trials. He has also successfully represented appellants before the Fifth and Sixth District Courts of Appeal for the State of California. (Rudnick v. McMillan (1994) 25 Cal.App.4th 1183.) Mr. Hanley is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and he received his juris doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, graduating cum laude.
Mr. Hanley’s professional affiliations include service to the City Attorneys Group at the League of California Cities. He has served there in many capacities: speaking, moderator, chapter chair for two years for the Municipal Law Handbook, two years of service on the Legal Advocacy Committee, including one year on the executive group of that committee, and he has represented the League of California Cities in a legal proceeding involving protection of attorney work product for public entities throughout California.
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