Wesley L. Carlson

Associate | Fresno

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Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
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Wesley L. Carlson is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office. His practice is focused on the facilities and business and local government aspects of public agency law.


Mr. Carlson represents school districts and local governments in real property transactions, construction and public works projects, facilities use, business services agreements, and board governance matters. Mr. Carlson is also involved in municipal code enforcement for local governments. Mr. Carlson has experience in California employment law litigation and compliance, and he brings this experience to public entity representation and workplace investigations. Mr. Carlson presents to clients on topics related to Lozano Smith’s Facilities and Business and Local Government practice groups.


Mr. Carlson received his Juris Doctor from the San Joaquin College of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business, with minors in Economics and Water Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Carlson has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

Community Involvement

Mr. Carlson currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kingsburg Cemetery District.

“Limited Due Process” Appropriate For Subcontractor Substitution Hearings

By: Ruth MendykWesley Carlson-

June 2019Number 26The California Court of Appeal recently outlined an appropriate level of due process required for a subcontractor substitution hearing. In JMS Air Conditioning and Appliance Service, Inc. v. Santa Monica Community College District (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 945, the court found that the hearing process used by the Santa Monica Community College District (College) provided the "limited due process" required for a substitution hearing. The JMS AirConditioning decision provides guid...

Know Your Role, Know Your Risk

By: Claudia WeaverWesley Carlson-

June 2019Number 28A Civic Center Act provision that allocates liability between a school district and the users of school facilities means what it says, according to a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal. In Grossman v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, the court found the district was not liable for injuries suffered by a parent-attendee at a carnival held by a booster group at one of the district's schools. The court also highlighted the statute's intent that school...

Court Limits Enforcement of Public Sleeping Ordinances

By: Jenell Van BindsbergenWesley Carlson-

September 2018Number 50A federal appeals court has held that a city could not enforce local ordinances that prohibit homeless persons from sleeping outside when shelter is not available. Municipalities with similar ordinances may be affected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Martin v. City of Boise.BackgroundAt a time when homelessness is an issue that cities and counties are increasingly called to address, a common trend is to prohibit sleeping and camping on the sidewalk, i...

Another Court Rules that Consultant Contracts May be Void Due to Conflict of Interest

By: Harold FreimanWesley Carlson-

June 2018Number 21A school district consultant's services agreements may be void under Government Code section 1090, even though the consultant is not an officer or employee of the school district. Section 1090 prohibits conflicts of interest in the making of public contracts. InStrategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, the court ruled that a consultant's status as an independent contractor rather than an employee did not exempt her from the law's reach. The trial cour...