|Location:||City of Oxnard
Office of the City Attorney
300 West Third Street, Third Floor
Oxnard, CA 93030
Interim City Attorney
|Hours:||Monday to Thursday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Stephen M. Fischer was designated Oxnard's Acting City Attorney in July 2013 and was subsequently appointed Interim City Attorney. He joined the Oxnard City Attorney's Office in 2009 as the Assistant City Attorney. Prior to coming to Oxnard, Stephen was an associate attorney at a large municipal law firm in Los Angeles, serving as Assistant and Acting City Attorney on a contract basis for several cities in Los Angeles County.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994.
Stephen is a native of the San Fernando Valley, and is active in the City Attorney's Department of the League of California Cities and the Tri-Counties Local Government Attorneys' Association. He has provided training to local government agencies on ethics for public officials and open government laws.
The mission of the Office of the City Attorney is to provide economical, high quality, responsive, preventative legal services by involving attorneys early in project development, increasing accessibility of attorneys to departments and divisions, and informing department directors and division managers on how to use attorneys effectively to accomplish goals and objectives. Further, the mission is to protect the City’s assets by minimizing its exposure to liability, fairly and economically resolving disputes and effectively supervising special counsel to minimize legal fees and costs.
The Office of the City Attorney provides effective legal representation to the City Council, City boards, commissions and committees and departments and divisions in general municipal, public liability and workers’ compensation claims and litigation, and administrative matters.
Contributions to Quality of Life
The Office of the City Attorney contributes to an outstanding quality of life in Oxnard by advising the Code Compliance Unit, prosecuting City Code violations, preparing various agreements, ordinances and resolutions, ensuring compliance with zoning requirements, protecting the public treasury, and providing quality legal advice to City officials.
- Advise City Council on legal issues related to policy matters
- Provide quality legal advice to the City Council, boards, commissions, committees, departments and divisions.
- Conduct legal research, draft legal opinions, review agenda reports, review and draft agreements, ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policies.
- Assist Code Compliance Unit in the prosecution of City Code violations.
- Manage and defend public liability claims and cases, workers’ compensation claims and cases, and administrative matters.
- Fairly resolve disputes with third parties.
Law Office Manager, Office of the City Attorney