Atascadero appoints David Fleishman as new city attorney

December 16, 2023

David Fleishman


The Atascadero City Council voted Tuesday to select David Fleishman of Richards, Watson & Gershon to serve as the city’s attorney and Craig Steele as assistant city attorney.

“The city is excited for the opportunity to work with a premier, municipal law firm that is locally based here in San Luis Obispo County,” said City Manager Jim Lewis. “Dave is a top-notch legal counselor who is creative in his legal thinking while also expertly managing the city’s legal risks.”

Fleishman, who raised his family in Atascadero, has over 30 years of experience with public agencies. His practice has focused on the representation of public agencies, 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 currently serves as legal counsel for Pismo Beach.


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Just once it woulf be nice to ser a city attorney say they focus on representing the residents and making sure the city performs legally and follows all rules and laws, including the Brown Act.

Not likely as city attorneys are hired by the council and management.

The council members are supposed to represent the residents and a good management team will guide elected officials on rules and regulations, including the Brown Act. A city Attorney acts as a technical advisor on laws including the Brown Act and handles legal matters for the city.