Johanna Canlas | Member

Johanna N. Canlas currently serves as City Attorney for the coastal cities of Solana Beach and Coronado. She is General Counsel to Solana Energy Alliance, the first Community Choice Aggregation in the San Diego region.

Johanna Canlas

Johanna N. Canlas

Ms. Canlas serves as General Counsel of the successor agencies to the Community Development Agency for the City of Coronado and the Solana Beach Redevelopment Agency.  She is also General Counsel to the Government Training Agency/San Diego Regional Training Center, a joint powers authority established to provide training and organizational development consulting services to public agencies.

She represents clients in all matters affecting local governance and decision-making, from day- to-day operations to long-term policy issues.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of municipal and public agency law. These include zoning and planning, environmental issues, public contracting, labor and employment law, and intergovernmental relations.  A significant portion of her practice involves land use and Coastal Act issues.

Johanna is active with the League of California Cities and is currently a member of the City Attorneys Department Ad Hoc Emergency Response Committee. She also served as the San Diego County Division Representative to the Legal Advocacy Committee. She is a past president of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego.

As a former prosecutor, Johanna has invaluable jury and court trial experience prosecuting California state and local municipal code violations.  In addition to employing all judicial remedies available, she implemented and incorporated restorative justice and creative sentencing solutions to address the root causes of quality of life issues affecting local neighborhoods and communities.

Since joining the firm in 2005, Johanna has proven an effective advocate for her clients.  She has represented them before regional boards, state permitting agencies, and federal regulatory bodies.  She prioritizes her relationships with clients, many of which span more than a decade.


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


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