Shannon L. Chaffin is a Partner in the Central Valley office handling a wide variety of legal issues including land use, environmental, municipal law, and litigation. Mr. Chaffin currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Arvin and King City; District Counsel for the Del Rey Community Services District, General Counsel for the Friant North Authority; Assistant City Attorney for the Suisun City, and Assistant General Counsel for the Madera County Transportation Commission.
Mr. Chaffin previously served as a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Fresno, where for 10 years he worked in the Advisory and Litigation Units. Mr. Chaffin sat as the advisor for the City of Fresno Planning Commission during its meetings and was the principal advisor to a number of other boards and commissions, including the Historic Preservation Commission, the Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Commission, and the Housing and Community Development Commission. He was the primary legal counsel for a comprehensive General Plan update, including advising on a complete revision of the zoning ordinance and modifications of over 20 community and specific plans, and has a broad range of experience with a variety of municipal law issues ranging from municipal transparency and ethics to regulation of vices and oil and gas operations. Mr. Chaffin also has experience in hundreds of litigation proceedings involving a wide variety of matters such as contract enforcement, personal injury, asset recovery, bond enforcement, bankruptcies, stop notices, land use approvals, CEQA challenges, civil rights and employment claims, and mediations and negotiations. Mr. Chaffin has assisted law enforcement as the “on call” attorney for officer involved shootings and provided training for depositions and court testimony.
Graduating with honors from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Mr. Chaffin was also member of the Board of Advocates. He served as a summer associate for the U.S. Army JAG at Fort Irwin, and after receiving his Juris Doctorate, practiced in the private sector handling complex business litigation, commercial law, real estate and civil litigation matters. Mr. Chaffin has a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Hillsdale College, Michigan, where he majored in Political Economics and History.
The San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review has published an article by Mr. Chaffin regarding federal water subsidy applications and agricultural operations. Mr. Chaffin has presented at the Advanced CEQA Workshop and other CEQA Workshops held by the Association of Environmental Professionals for several years.