Johanna Canlas | Member

Johanna N. Canlas currently serves as City Attorney for the coastal cities of Solana Beach and Coronado. She is also General Counsel to the San Diego Regional Training Center. 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

Her practice focuses on all aspects of municipal and public agency law. These include land use, zoning and planning, Coastal Act, environmental issues, public contracts and bidding , employment and collective bargaining, and intergovernmental relations.

Johanna is active in the League of California Cities and is currently 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 significant jury and bench trial experience. She also 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


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


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