Jeffrey Walter has practiced public agency law since 1981. He serves as City Attorney for the cities of Martinez, Novato, and Sonoma. He previously served as City Attorney of Benicia and Cotati. He is special counsel to the Sonoma County Civil Service Commission and has represented other districts and agencies as their general counsel.
In 2009, Jeffrey received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating from members of the Bar and Judiciary. In 2010 he was recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers.
He co-founded the law firm of Walter & Pistole in 1982, which, in addition to representing public agencies, provides legal advice and counseling on a variety of business, real property and estate planning matters.
Jeffrey represents both public agency and private clients. His practice focuses on all aspects of municipal law, including land use, local taxation, development fees, elections, initiatives and referenda, and municipal finance. Jeffrey has lectured on a variety of public law issues at conferences and seminars.
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2009-Present
Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer for 2010-2011
Jeffrey has been actively involved in the advancement of the legal profession, having served as the president of the Sonoma County Bar Association and of the Sonoma County Young Lawyer's Association.
He was selected as one of the Sonoma County Bar Association's delegates to the 1980 and 1984 State Bar Conventions and was a member of the California Trial Lawyers’ Association.
In addition, his community activities include serving as:
President of the Board of Directors of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, a non-profit organization providing over 450 mentors to at-risk children in Sonoma Valley
Former chair and member of the Sonoma County Planning Commission
Past treasurer and member of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
Former member of the President’s Associates of Sonoma State University
Jeffrey hosted KFTY-TV's (Channel 50) "Forum 50 – You and the Law" program and has been a guest contributor to "Legal Matters" articles in the Sonoma Sun newspaper.