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Roy C. Santos

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Roy C. Santos
 

Roy C. Santos is a Partner in the firm’s Central Valley office and has represented public agencies throughout California for more than a decade. Currently he serves as the City Attorney for the City of King; General Counsel for Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority; and Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Madera and Yuba City.  Mr. Santos is a member of the firm’s City Attorney, Litigation, Public Safety, Cannabis, Code Enforcement, and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. His legal expertise is focused on all aspects of representing public agencies, including matters involving land use, code enforcement, writ of mandate actions, habeas petitions, eminent domain, unlawful detainer, PBOR, FBOR, Pitchess, employment law, civil rights and the Government Tort Claims Act.  His career and educational opportunities have provided him with a diversity of valuable legal experience.  

Mr. Santos began his legal career in 2001 as a litigation paralegal for one of the premier intellectual property and antitrust law firms on the west coast.  He continued his work as a paralegal while attending law school at the University of San Francisco.  After taking the bar in 2008, he was hired by that firm as a contract attorney to work on a multi-million dollar carbon fiber antitrust lawsuit.

Mr. Santos has extensive experience managing all aspects of a case, from its inception through trial.  As part of his trial practice, he has defended and conducted depositions, prepared and argued pre-trial and post-trial motions and conducted negotiations, mediations and arbitrations.  He has also conducted bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts.  In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Santos has experience litigating numerous appeals, including successfully advocating on behalf of his clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District.

Prior to joining the Aleshire & Wynder, Mr. Santos served as the City Attorney for Firebaugh, and as a Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Coalinga, Clovis, Fowler, Reedley, Sanger, Parlier, and Lemoore.  He served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of Madera where he was the lead attorney responsible for litigation, code enforcement, public records act requests, habeas petitions and all legal matters relating to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, Department of Probation and Animal Services.  As a City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Santos was the lead attorney responsible for code enforcement, subpoenas, Public Records Act requests and writ petitions. Additionally, Mr. Santos was responsible for the day-to-day advisory and transactional legal services of each city.

Articles:

Mr. Santos co-authored an article published in the ADC Defense Comment, entitled “Qualified Immunity - Immunity with a Catch,” that focused on immunity in federal civil rights lawsuits, with regards to police officers and their conduct.

Litigation:

Mr.  Santos has successfully resolved many litigation issues for his clients including the following:

  • Kitchens v. County of Fresno et al. – Prepared briefing and conducted oral argument on behalf of Defendant Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and Lt. Gary Johnson.  The Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment for Defendant Lt. Johnson as to Plaintiff's Section 1983 Supervisor liability claim.

  • Willis v. City of Fresno et al. – Prepared briefing on behalf of Defendant Officers, the City of Fresno and Chief Jerry Dyer.  The Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment as to Plaintiffs' Monell claim asserted against Defendant City of Fresno and Plaintiffs’ Supervisor liability claim asserted against Chief Dyer arising from an officer involved shooting.

  • Rodriguez v. City of Fresno et al. – Assisted in the preparation of the briefing and negotiations resulting in the settlement of Plaintiffs’ appeal of the grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant Officer, the City of Fresno and Chief Jerry Dyer arising from an officer involved shooting.

  • Hudson et al. v. County of Fresno et al. – Prepared briefing and obtained a writ of mandamus staying Superior Courts order to produce privileged investigative file.

  • Kitchens v. County of Fresno et al. – On remand from the Ninth Circuit, obtained and order granting summary judgment as to Plaintiff’s Section 1983 Supervisor liability claim asserted against Defendant Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims arising from Plaintiff’s housing at the Fresno County Jail as a Sexually Violent Predator Civil Detainee. On September 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgement.

  • Austin v. Arvin Police Department  – Obtained a dismissal in favor of the City of Arvin following the granting the City’s motion to quash Plaintiff’s writ of mandate summons and complaint for failure to properly name and serve the City. 

  • Chandler v. City of Cypress et al. – Obtained an order granting the City of Cypress’ motion for summary judgement to Plaintiff’s complaint alleging dangerous condition of public property based upon the defenses of lack of notice and trivial defect.

  • Chavez v. No. Orange Co. Comm. Dist. et al.  – Obtained dismissal on behalf of the City of Cypress via the meet and confer process prior to filing a demurrer to Plaintiff’s complaint alleging dangerous condition of public property.

  • Fields et al. v. Geo Dynamic et al. – Obtained an order granting the City of Cypress & Cypress Police Dept’s demurrer to Plaintiff’s complaint alleging wrongful death & dangerous condition to public property.

  • O’Brien Development v. City of Clovis – Obtained an order denying Petitioner O’Brien’s writ of mandate petition seeking to force the City of Clovis to issue it a conditional use permit authorizing its proposed development project.

  • Rock Haven Inc. v. State of California – Obtained an order granting summary judgment in favor of Rock Haven on its writ of mandate petition. Obtained a writ of mandate invalidating the State Department of Water Resources compliance order and restoring Rock Haven’s control of its water system.