|Interim City Attorney Bart Miesfeld’s temporary appointment is now permanent. In a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s closed session, City Council named Miesfeld to the position of Chula Vista City Attorney. Miesfeld, who specializes in litigation, has been an attorney with the city since 1998. As Chula Vista’s top litigator, Miesfeld has successfully defended the city in a wide range of lawsuits, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. He is filling the vacancy created when former City Attorney Ann Moore retired June 5. Miesfeld has been serving in an interim capacity since Moore’s departure.
His areas of expertise include: all areas of litigation and trial practice in both State and Federal Courts; municipal liability; police misconduct and civil rights; engineering/construction law; Government Tort Claims Act and liability; and employment and wrongful termination liability.
“Tough challenges are ahead for our city, and this Council will be looking to Bart Miesfeld for guidance on any number of legal issues,” said Mayor Cheryl Cox. “He’s an experienced litigator and the Council’s unanimous choice for the position.”
Before joining the city, Miesfeld was an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Butz, Lucas, Dunne and Enright. In 1986, he earned his law degree from the California Western School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Miesfeld completed a post-graduate Program of Instruction at Harvard Law School in 1998 with an emphasis in Torts and Civil Procedure. He is a past delegate to the American Bar Association and has served as a judge pro tempore in the San Diego Superior Court.
Miesfeld’s undergraduate degree was in structural engineering. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.
The 49-year old Miesfeld is married to Deputy District Attorney Corinne Miesfeld; the couple has three children.