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David Herman Hirsch

David Herman Hirsch

Practice areas:

State, Local And Municipal Law

About Me


David Hirsch has spent over three decades  practicing municipal law, having served as the City Attorney for the City of Simi Valley from April, 1998 until December, 2008. Before that he was the City Attorney for the City of Lompoc for 17 years. He was a Deputy and then Assistant City Attorney for the City of Simi Valley from 1978 to 1981, and also worked in the City Attorney's Office in the City of Gardena.


As a partner with Carmel & Naccasha, LLP, David focuses his practice on municipal law, land use law, and related matters. He works with several public entities on the Central Coast, including the City of Arroyo Grande, the Cambria Community Services District, the San Miguel Community Services District, the Mission Hills Community Services District, and the Cayucos Sanitary District.  He also does special counsel work for other agencies, including the city  of Santa Maria.


David has been active in the statewide city attorney's organization, the City Attorney's Department of the League of California Cities. He chaired the group's Mobilehome Rent Control Committee from 1989 until 1994, served on the Municipal Law Handbook Editorial Board (1993-1995) and was 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President of the City Attorney's Department from 1995 to 1998. From 1996 to 2012 he chaired the Department's Municipal Law Institute Committee, which annually organizes and co-sponsors symposiums on municipal law issues with leading law schools including UC Hastings College of the Law, Stanford Law School and UCLA School of Law. He has also taught municipal law at the Ventura College of Law and Santa Barbara College of Law.   He was a member of the State Bar’s Public Law Section Executive Committee from 2009-2014 and served as its Chair during 2013-14.  He is also a member of the State Bar's Council of State Bar Sections.


Active in the communities he has lived in, he was on the Board of Directors of the Lompoc Valley United Way from 1984-1998, and on the Board of Managers of the Simi Valley YMCA from 1998-2008.


David obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills (1973), and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (1974). He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University 's College of Law in 1977.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

63 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Hirsch. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Pierre Lacour

    Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Lacour Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1410 Marsh St
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
BV Rated-DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Lecturer in LawSanta Barbara College of Law2009 - 2009
PartnerCarmel & Naccasha2009 - Present
Lecturer in LawVentura College of Law2005 - 2005
Lecturer (taught Law and Public Policy)California Lutheran University2001 - 2004
City AttorneyCity of Simi Valley1998 - 2008
City AttorneyCity of Lompoc1981 - 1998
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Simi Valley, CA1978 - 1981
AttorneyCity of Gardena1977 - 1978
LecturerCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills1977 - 1978


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionChair2013 - 2014
Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of CaliforniaMember2013 - Present
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionVice Chair2012 - 2013
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionPast Treasurer2010 - 2012
San Luis Obispo County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2009 - 2014
City Attorneys Department, League of California CitiesPresident1997 - 1998
City Attorneys Department, League of California CitiesFirst Vice President1996 - 1997
Municipal Law Institute Committee, CIty Attorneys Department, League of California CitiesChair1996 - 2012
City Attorneys Department, League of California CitiesSecond Vice President1995 - 1996
United States Supreme Court BarMember1992 - Present
League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department Mobilehome Rent Control CommitteeChair1989 - 1994
Tri-Counties Local Government Attorney AssociationPresident1983 - 1984

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Lee v City of Lompoc (1993) 14 Cal. App. 4th 1515case decided in favor of City

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Publication NameTitleDate
The California Municipal Law Handbook 1993-1995Editorial Board1993


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse Univ COLLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of Southern CaliforniaPublic AdministrationMPA1974
Calif St Univ Dominguez HillsPolitical ScienceBA1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
California Mural Symposium: Using the Power of Art to Fuel the Economies of Our CitiesLegal Aspects of Mural Programs2003
League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, 1991 Spring Meeting.CITY COUNCIL VACANCIES AND DUEL CANDIDACIES paper and presentation1991
League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, 1985 Spring MeetingCLEAN WATER ACT CONSTRUCTION GRANT AUDITS: A TRAP FOR THE UNWARY paper and presentation1985
League of California Cities, Cities Attorneys Department, 1983 Spring MeetingLOCAL HIRING PREFERENCES IN PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS paper and presentation1983