Johanna Canlas | Member

Johanna N. Canlas currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Solana Beach and the City of Coronado. She also provides legal services to other firm clients. She represents clients in all matters affecting local governance and decision-making, from day- to-day operations to long-term policy issues.

Johanna Canlas

Johanna N. Canlas

She regularly advises cities, joint power agencies, and special districts on the full range of municipal law, public entity and governmental relations issues, including land use, Coastal Act, public contracts and bidding, code enforcement and environmental issues.

Johanna is active in the League of California Cities and sits on the Coastal City Attorneys Caucus. She is a past president of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego.

As a former prosecutor, Johanna has significant jury and bench trial experience. As a Code Enforcement Deputy for the City of San Diego, she prosecuted public nuisance, substandard housing and environmentally sensitive habitat violations that resulted in jail time, significant civil penalties, and permanent injunctions.

Since joining the firm in 2005, Johanna is an effective advocate for her clients and has represented them before regional boards, local and state regulatory and permitting agencies.

Johanna gives presentations and training seminars each year on various topics including the following:

  • Brown Act (Open Meeting Law)
  • Public Records Act
  • Conflict of Interest
  • AB 1234
  • Affordable housing
  • Fees, assessments, and Proposition 26
  • Code Enforcement
  • AB 32 and SB 375


  • California Western School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Sociology, 1993


  • California State Bar
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club