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James Sanchez

City Attorney, City of Sacramento


James Sanchez has served as the City Attorney for the City of Sacramento since December 2012. He received a B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1981 graduating Magna Cum Laude (High Honors), and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1984.

Mr. Sanchez has practiced municipal law for over thirty years holding various positions. His passion is aiding elected and appointed officials to discover legal solutions to resolve complex social and economic challenges facing their cities.

His prior positions include City Attorney for the City of Fresno, Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fresno, City Attorney for the City of Salinas, Deputy County Counsel for the County of Fresno. He was a Legal Extern to Justice Cruz Reynoso with the California Supreme Court. Mr. Sanchez has provided legal advice and services on the full range of municipal litigation and transactional legal issues, and supervised the City's environmental, litigation and economic development/finance units. Mr. Sanchez has been a regular presenter at League of California Cities Conferences on municipal topics ranging from open meeting requirements to environmental liabilities.

Mr. Sanchez has been active in several organizations and committees including: Rotary Club; La Raza Lawyers; Editorial Committee of League of California Cities Municipal Law Handbook; Monterey Bay representative to League of California Cities statewide Legal Advocacy Committee; South San Joaquin Valley Division representative of the League's Legal Advocacy Committee; and National League of Cities invitee to meet with US EPA in Washington D.C. to advocate equitable approaches to municipal environmental liabilities. He has also published articles on municipal environmental liabilities for the League of California Cities and the California State Bar. He has served as a board member for several community oriented nonprofit organizations, and is a past president of the Fresno La Raza Lawyers Association. Mr. Sanchez and his wife, Katie have two married daughters; Grace and Rebekah and several beautiful grandchildren.

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