David J. Wolfe is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Fresno office. Mr. Wolfe serves as the City Attorney for the City of Clovis and the City Attorney for the City of Fowler. He regularly participates in activities with the League of California Cities. He has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Fresno County Superior Court.
Prior to joining the firm in 1991, he practiced as an appellate attorney for the California Court of Appeal, 3rd Appellate District, in Sacramento, California.
Mr. Wolfe is an expert in drafting ordinances and formulating creative solutions to complex issues involving public health and safety nuisances. Mr. Wolfe has drafted ordinances which have proved successful in providing tools to address problems associated with adult businesses, entertainment establishments, massage parlors and medical marijuana.
Mr. Wolfe successfully argued before the California Supreme Court the case of Galland v. City of Clovis (2001) 24 Cal. 4th 1003, which established the standard for public agency liability arising out of administrative hearings.
Mr. Wolfe received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with distinction. He
received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, magna cum laude.
Notably, Mr. Wolfe is one of only nine attorneys in the state who successfully completed all four segments
of the League of California Cities' Seminar 2000-2001. The Seminar was presented over a two-year period and covered all aspects of California Municipal Law.
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