The City Council appoints the City Attorney to serve as "corporate" legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and City staff on a broad range of municipal issues. These matters typically include open meeting laws, public record laws, conflicts of interests, land use and environmental laws, claims and litigation, municipal elections, employment and labor relations, municipal utilities, public works contracts, code enforcement, and resolutions, ordinances and other legal documents. One full-time attorney and a full-time legal secretary staff the City Attorney's Office.
Marc L. Zafferano was appointed City Attorney and began serving in San Bruno in February 2011. Mr. Zafferano had practiced municipal law with the firm of Aaronson Dickerson Cohn & Lanzone since 1987, serving as Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Belmont, San Carlos, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, and the Town of Woodside. Before leaving the firm, he was District Counsel to the San Mateo County Harbor District and City Attorney for the City of Belmont.
Mr. Zafferano received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Hastings College of Law. He has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1983.
As the City Attorney's Office does not provide legal advice to individuals, you are directed to the following resources for private legal assistance:
San Mateo County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service [for a referral to a private attorney]: (650) 369-4149
San Mateo County Courts Self-Help Center: (650) 363-4590
State Bar of California publications