Samuel L. Jackson
Mr. Jackson's career spans more than 30 years, most of which was in public service. He is a former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney, a former Deputy City Attorney and the former City Attorney for the City of Sacramento. He retired as the City Attorney in January, 2006 after serving approximately 12 years.
As Sacramento's City Attorney, Mr. Jackson managed a municipal law office of 30 attorneys. Under his supervision, the office handled all city-related criminal, civil and administrative litigation and all advice matters. As a Deputy City Attorney, he personally litigated in California Superior Courts, United Stated District Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Jackson's area of practice with the Sacramento City Attorney's Office included all aspects of public agency law including public employment, civil liability, eminent domain and condemnation, police and fire, public transportation and public works, retirement, legislative drafting and interpretation, enforcement of municipal and state codes, real estate law (leases, fee acquisition, easement acquisition), air and water quality, water rights, inter-governmental agency relations, advice to elected and appointed officials, municipal financing, public ethics, CEQA, public and community relations, public administration, elections and campaign financing, open meeting laws, public records access, training at all levels of the City, and a host of other public agency-related matters.
Mr. Jackson joined the firm in 2007 managing various public entity and professional negligence matters. Current interests include Native American Sovereignty. He continues to provide counsel to local city attorney offices who call on his experience.
General Personal Injury
Native American Sovereignty
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1977
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court of Central District of California
U.S. District Court of Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court of Northern District of California
U.S. District Court of Southern District of California
Organizations and Affiliations
During his tenure with the City Attorney's Office, Mr. Jackson served in a number of job-related volunteer capacities including frequent lecturer at law schools and with the City Attorney's Department of the League of California Cities (LCC). He served on numerous ad hoc and standing LCC committees with elected and appointed officials from cities throughout the State of California, including service as counsel to the Committees on Public Safety, Transportation, Communication, Public Works, Housing Community and Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Community Services, Employee Relations and Legislation. He worked with Sacramento-Mother Lode City Attorneys, California Big 10 City Attorneys and Sacramento Area Public Law Office Administrators to solve a variety of issues experienced by governmental agencies and the administration of public law offices. Other work includes interaction with the California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber, respective area ethnic chambers, various governmental agencies, including school districts, and with a host of other quasi-public entities, non-profit corporations and unincorporated organizations.
Mr. Jackson has served on numerous local, State and Federal Boards and Commissions in both the public and private sectors. He is a past President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, past Vice President and Treasurer of the California State Bar Board of Directors, past President of his Law School Alumni Association, former college professor, past chairman of the California Committee of Bar Examiners and the author of text books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his professional and community services. He has also been teaching Ballroom dancing since 1999.