Shannon L. Chaffin is an Equity Partner in the Central Valley office handling a wide variety of legal issues including land use, environmental, municipal law, and all aspects of representing public agencies. Mr. Chaffin has been representing public agencies throughout the State ranging from cities in Sutter County to Los Angeles County. Mr. Chaffin currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Arvin and Yuba City; General Counsel for Friant North Authority and Madera County Transportation Commission; Assistant City Attorney for King City; and Assistant District Counsel for Del Rey Community Services District.
Mr. Chaffin has served as the primary legal counsel for comprehensive updates for General Plans, special plans, and zoning ordinances, and has a broad range of experience with a variety of municipal law issues ranging from municipal transparency and ethics, to oil and gas operations and development of large retail and housing projects. He also has experience in hundreds of litigation proceedings involving matters including 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 an “on call” attorney for officer involved shootings and uses of critical force, and trained city staff for court testimony. He has presented AB 1234 training, multiple advanced CEQA workshops including for the Association of Environmental Professionals, and other conferences including the American Planning Association State Conference.
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. In addition to his experience as City Attorney for multiple jurisdictions, Mr. Chaffin has also advised Planning Commissions, Historic Preservation Commission, Rent Stabilization Commission, Housing and Community Development Commission, and other commissions.
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.