Dave Fleishman has practiced extensively in the area of public law and in the area of labor and employment law for both public and private employers. 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, employment investigations, public contracting, tort claims and code enforcement. He has also represented private employers throughout California in wrongful termination, wage and hour, and other employment matters.
Work for Clients
He currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pismo Beach and the City of Solvang. He formerly served as City Attorney for the cities of Guadalupe, Pacific Grove and Solvang, 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 and the Los Osos 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. He has represented over 40 cities and special districts in California and Nevada in various labor and employment matters.
Prior to returning to Richards, Watson & Gershon, where he began his legal career in 1991, Dave was a partner for nearly 25 years in the law firm of Hanley & Fleishman, LLP, which focused on public agency representation throughout California.
Professional and Community Affiliations
Chairperson, Legal Advocacy Committee, League of California Cities, 2018-19, Member 2017-18, 2012-14
First Vice-President, City Attorneys Department, League of California Cities, 2020-2021
Member of Ad Hoc Committee - League of California Cities City Attorneys Department Listserv
Moderator – League of California Cities City Attorneys Department Listserv
Legislative Consultant – League of California Cities
- George v. City of Morro Bay, 177 F. 3d. 885 (9th Cir. 1999)
- Presentation // Email and E-Records Retention Issues under the Public Records ActLeague of California Cities City Attorneys Conference, 05.2013
- Presentation // Dealing With Disruptive Members of the PublicLeague of California Cities Annual Conference, 10.2002
- Paper Terrorism: The Impact of the "Sovereign Citizen" on Local Government2004Public Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2
- Featured LawyerApril/May 2001Wired Lawyers, 11 Law Office Computing 2