|Douglas Sloan, City Attorney|
2600 Fresno S6treet
Fresno, CA 93721
DOUGLAS T. SLOAN
Douglas T. Sloan was appointed City Attorney in March 2013. Prior to being appointed City Attorney, he served as an Assistant City Attorney, supervising the Economic Development / Finance Unit from June 2006.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, Mr. Sloan has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. He has been admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and California, and has handled trial and appellate matters in state courts, the United States District Courts and the 8th, 9th, and 10th United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. As an Assistant City Attorney, he was the supervisor of the Economic Development/Finance Unit, working on environmental clean-up defense, complex litigation and business agreements, eminent domain, real estate, redevelopment matters, and oversight of contract counsel. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office, he practiced in the private sector with several different firms. He was with the Fresno firm of Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, working on all aspects of complex litigation and real estate issues. He also was with the firm of Forrest, Henderson, Sloan & Davis, where he was a supervising attorney in litigation.
Mr. Sloan is an active member of the Fresno County Bar
Association as well as other community organizations. He coaches little league baseball, and is a member of the Fresno River Park Little League Baseball Board of Directors. He is an avid cyclist, participating in long distance events. He and his wife, Janet, have two sons.
DAVID P. HALE
CHIEF ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
David P. Hale was appointed Chief Assistant City Attorney in June 2006 and is the head of the Advisory Unit.
A graduate of the University of LaVerne Law School, Mr. Hale has been practicing real property and municipal law for over twenty-five years. As head of the Advisory Unit, his responsibilities include a wide variety of areas such as municipal elections, ballot measures and initiatives, legislation, potential conflicts of interest, public records act requests, land use planning and development, CEQA litigation, oversight of contract counsel, and Office and budget administration. He has been a member of the City Attorney's Office Economic Development and Finance Unit where his focus was on municipal finance including matters dealing with taxes, development fees, special projects, and the issuance of over one billion dollars in municipal bonds. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office, he practiced in the private sector with Arco Oil and Gas Company and Century 21, and in real estate development where his legal representation included small developers to a Fortune 500 company.
Mr. Hale is an active member of the Fresno County Bar Association and enjoys spending time with his family and activities such as camping, road biking and kayaking. He also sits on the board of directors of Jaron Ministries.
FRANCINE M. KANNE
ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
Francine M. Kanne was appointed Assistant City Attorney in September 2004 and is the head of the Litigation Unit.
A graduate of San Joaquin College of Law, Ms. Kanne has been practicing law for over twenty years. As head of the Litigation Unit, her responsibilities include a wide variety of civil defense matters including Civil Rights violations, municipal liability, personnel, and labor relations. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office, she practiced in the private sector as a partner with Dowling, Aaron & Keeler working on complex business litigation, defending employers in business, corporate, agriculture, employment and construction cases often valued in excess of a million dollars. She also was an Associate with the firm of Georgeson & Bellardinelli.
Ms. Kanne is an active member of the Fresno County Bar Association, a board member of the Federal Bar Association, and serves on several community service committees. She strives to contribute to the community where she has been a life-long resident. She and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors on their ranch with their pets and gardening.