Claudia Quintana was appointed City Attorney in 2012. Ms. Quintana obtained her B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Upon law school graduation and passing the bar examination in 1995, Ms. Quintana became a deputy public defender with Solano County where she represented numerous criminal defendants in dozens of jury trials and various dispositive motions. In 2004, she began her employment with the City of Vallejo as a Deputy City Attorney. In that capacity, she continued applying her litigation skills in defense of the City of Vallejo in various state court cases. Additionally, she staffed the City of Vallejo Planning Commission and furnished transactional and advisory legal services to the various City Departments. In 2005, she was admitted to practice in Federal District Court for the Eastern District, where she represented the City of Vallejo in various federal cases. During the course of her employment with the City of Vallejo, Ms. Quintana was involved in several landmark negotiations, including the transfer of the City’s bus service to SolTrans, the master transfer agreement of ferry services to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, a historic cultural easement in favor of the Yocha Dehe Tribe regarding Glen Cove Park and the Solano 360 development agreement. City Attorney's Office Staff:
| ||Donna Mooney |
Chief Assistant City Attorney
Prior to joining the City of Vallejo, Donna Mooney was employed with the City of Alameda City Attorney’s Office for 11 years. She has served as a research attorney in civil law and motion in Alameda County Superior Court, and was an associate at a law firm. She was appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Governors to the Public Law Executive Committee for the term 2010-2013 and presently serves as an adviser. She sits on the Real Property Advisory Committee of the Continuing Education of the Bar. She has also served on the FPPC committee of the League of California Cities City Attorneys' Department. She earned her law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she earned two academic awards. She also has a master’s degree in international affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism.
| ||Inder Khalsa |
Assistant City Attorney
Inder Khalsa has ten years of experience providing legal counsel for cities, specializing in land use planning, housing issues, CEQA, and general municipal law. Ms. Khalsa completed her undergraduate work at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1997 and obtained her JD from U.C. Davis School of Law in 2002. Before coming to the City of Vallejo, she worked in the San Francisco office of Richards, Watson & Gershon. As Assistant City Attorney in Vallejo, Ms. Khalsa represents the Housing Authority and the Economic Development Department, including the Planning Division and the Successor Agency.
| Kelly J. Trujillo |
Assistant City Attorney
Kelly J. Trujillo joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2012. Ms. Trujillo represents the City of Vallejo in various actions including dangerous conditions of public property, civil rights claims, and contract disputes. She has extensive courtroom experience including jury trials, mediations and dispositive motions in Superior Court actions and United States District Court, as well as briefing in the California Court of Appeal. In addition, Ms. Trujillo provides legal counsel to various departments within the City.
Ms. Trujillo, a Vallejo native, received her Juris Doctor with honors in 2006 from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Trujillo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California at Davis.
| ||Furah Z. Faruqui |
Deputy City Attorney
Furah Z. Faruqui joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2012. Her practice emphasizes defense of the City of Vallejo in various actions including inverse condemnation, dangerous conditions of public property, excessive force claims made against police officers, employment discrimination, and alleged civil rights violations. In addition, Ms. Faruqui provides legal advice to various departments within the City. She has extensive experience including numerous jury trials, mediations and arbitrations in Superior Court actions and United States District Court as well as briefing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, California Court of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Faruqui received her Juris Doctor in 2004 from Santa Clara University School of Law, wherein she served as Articles Editor for the High Tech Law Journal and received the Best Moot Court Oral Advocate Award. Prior to that, Ms. Faruqui received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Business Specialization from the University of California at Los Angeles.
| ||Eli Flushman |
Deputy City Attorney
Mr. Flushman is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. At USF, he was the President of the Jewish Law Student Association and a member of the USF Trial Team. Mr. Flushman received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where he played a year on the baseball team. Prior to his employment with the City of Vallejo, he worked in the City Attorney's Office in Redwood City and in Berkeley, and as a Staff Attorney for the League of California Cities. Mr. Flushman joins the City Attorney's department as one of the two Neighborhood Law Attorneys, and will be working with community organizations, City staff, and elected officials to identify concerns that impact entire neighborhoods, prioritizing problems and devising creative solutions to neighborhood nuisances.
| ||Brandon Gerstle |
Neighborhood Law Attorney
Brandon Gerstle is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. At Oregon Law, he published a scholarly article and worked as a senior editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he studied finance and played on the school’s ultimate frisbee team. Prior to working at the Vallejo City Attorney's Office, Mr. Gerstle was a financial analyst with business valuation firm, a research fellow with a rural policy group, and the executive director of an affordable housing nonprofit.
As a Neighborhood Law Attorney, Mr. Gerstle will be working with community organizations, City staff, and elected officials to identify concerns that impact entire neighborhoods, prioritizing problems, and devising creative solutions to neighborhood nuisances.
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| ||Vanessa Garcia |
Law Office Supervisor
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| ||Joanna Venegas |
| ||Erika Leahy |
| ||Deena York |
Administrative Clerk II - NLP