Staff

Claudia Quintana
City Attorney

Claudia Quintana was appointed City Attorney in 2012. Ms. Quintana obtained her B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Upon law school graduation and passing the bar examination in 1995, Ms. Quintana became a deputy public defender with Solano County where she represented numerous criminal defendants in dozens of jury trials and various dispositive motions. In 2004, she began her employment with the City of Vallejo as a Deputy City Attorney. In that capacity, she continued applying her litigation skills in defense of the City of Vallejo in various state court cases. Additionally, she staffed the City of Vallejo Planning Commission and furnished transactional and advisory legal services to the various City Departments. In 2005, she was admitted to practice in Federal District Court for the Eastern District, where she represented the City of Vallejo in various federal cases. During the course of her employment with the City of Vallejo, Ms. Quintana was involved in several landmark negotiations, including the transfer of the City’s bus service to SolTrans, the master transfer agreement of ferry services to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, a historic cultural easement in favor of the Yocha Dehe Tribe regarding Glen Cove Park and the Solano 360 development agreement.

City Attorney's Office Staff:
Donna Mooney Donna Mooney
Chief Assistant City Attorney
          
Prior to joining the City of Vallejo, Donna Mooney was employed with the City of Alameda City Attorney’s Office for 11 years.  She has served as a research attorney in civil law and motion in Alameda County Superior Court, and was an associate at a law firm. She was appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Governors to the Public Law Executive Committee for the term 2010-2013 and presently serves as an adviser.  She sits on the Real Property Advisory Committee of the Continuing Education of the Bar.  She has also served on the FPPC committee of the League of California Cities City Attorneys' Department.  She earned her law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she earned two academic awards. She also has a master’s degree in international affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism.
            Khadijah Hargett
Assistant City Attorney

Khadijah Hargett has served as a municipal attorney for four California cities and one county, specializing in code enforcement, land use, housing issues, civil matters and criminal prosecution. In addition to her experience in municipal law, she has an extensive background in residential real estate, property rehabilitation and restoration. Ms. Hargett completed her undergraduate work at University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. She obtained her Juris Doctor from U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1990, where she served as the Book Review Editor of the National Black Law Journal. Before joining the City of Vallejo, she worked at the California State Assembly. As Assistant City Attorney in Vallejo, Ms. Hargett represents the Housing Authority and the Economic Development Department, including the Planning Division and the Successor Agency.            
 Kelly Trujillo
Kelly J. Trujillo
Assistant City Attorney

Kelly J. Trujillo joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2012. Ms. Trujillo represents the City of Vallejo in various actions including dangerous conditions of public property, civil rights claims, and contract disputes. She has extensive courtroom experience including jury trials, mediations and dispositive motions in Superior Court actions and United States District Court, as well as briefing in the California Court of Appeal. In addition, Ms. Trujillo provides legal counsel to various departments within the City. Ms. Trujillo, a Vallejo native, received her Juris Doctor with honors in 2006 from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Trujillo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California at Davis.
Frank A. Splendorio
Deputy City Attorney

Frank A. Splendorio is an experienced litigator who joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2016. Mr. Splendorio represents the City of Vallejo in a wide variety of lawsuits, including actions involving civil rights, dangerous conditions and employment lawsuits. He has extensive experience representing various public agencies in both state and federal court. In addition, Mr. Splendorio advises various City departments on a broad range of legal issues. Mr. Splendorio received his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.

Eli Flushman Eli Flushman
Deputy City Attorney

Mr. Flushman is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. At USF, he was the President of the Jewish Law Student Association and a member of the USF Trial Team. Mr. Flushman received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where he played a year on the baseball team. Prior to his employment with the City of Vallejo, he worked in the City Attorney's Office in Redwood City and in Berkeley, and as a Staff Attorney for the League of California Cities. Mr. Flushman joins the City Attorney's department as one of the two Neighborhood Law Attorneys, and will be working with community organizations, City staff, and elected officials to identify concerns that impact entire neighborhoods, prioritizing problems and devising creative solutions to neighborhood nuisances.

Brandon Gerstle Brandon Gerstle
Neighborhood Law Attorney

Brandon Gerstle is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. At Oregon Law, he published a scholarly article and worked as a senior editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he studied finance and played on the school’s ultimate frisbee team. Prior to working at the Vallejo City Attorney's Office, Mr. Gerstle was a financial analyst with business valuation firm, a research fellow with a rural policy group, and the executive director of an affordable housing nonprofit. As a Neighborhood Law Attorney, Mr. Gerstle will be working with community organizations, City staff, and elected officials to identify concerns that impact entire neighborhoods, prioritizing problems, and devising creative solutions to neighborhood nuisances. 

Support Staff  
Vanessa Garcia Vanessa Garcia
Law Office Supervisor
Erika Leahy

Erika Leahy
Risk Analyst

Rachelle Concepcion Rachelle Pasco
Legal Secretary
Deena York Deena York
Legal Secretary
     Naomi Yun
Administrative Clerk II- NLP