City Attorney

City Attorney's Office Staff:

 Randy Risner-Staff

Randy J. Risner

Interim City Attorney
Before joining the City Attorney’s office, Randy Risner was a partner at a San Diego public agency law firm where he represented the cities of Del Mar and Murrieta as well as the City of San Diego.  As a private practice attorney, Mr. Risner has served as city attorney, assistant city attorney, deputy city attorney, bond counsel, disclosure counsel, general counsel and special counsel for California cities and public agencies throughout the state.  In addition, Mr. Risner serves as a Judge Advocate General for the California State Military Department where he represents the California Governor’s Military Council as well as California National Guard commands throughout California.  He has been awarded the California Medal of Merit, the California Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and other awards.  In 1994, Mr. Risner graduated from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California where he received a Juris Doctor.  He graduated cum laud from National University in San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science in 1990. 
 Shannon Eckmeyer, Assistant City Attorney

Shannon Eckmeyer

Assistant City Attorney
Prior to joining the City of Vallejo, Shannon Eckmeyer was employed for the League to Save Lake Tahoe for five years. She specialized in analyzing environmental reviews, regional planning, and negotiating on behalf of the nonprofit. She was appointed by the City of South Lake Tahoe City Council to serve as a Planning Commissioner for the term 2014-2016. She was awarded Citizen Planner of the Year by the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association for her work in regional planning in 2013. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She received her Bachelor in Arts in Environmental Studies and Law and Society from University California Santa Barbara. She is eager to apply her experience through planning to her role in working with both the community and economic development and planning departments.
 Katelyn M. Knight, Deputy City Attorney

Katelyn M. Knight

Deputy City Attorney
Katelyn M. Knight joined the City Attorney's Office in 2018 as a seasoned litigator with experience defending public entities in state and federal court. She spent eight years in private practice and was named a "Northern California Rising Star" by the Superlawyers Magazine for five consecutive years from 2013-2017. Ms. Knight graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009 where she served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and Manager Editor of the school newspaper, The Advocate. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005.
 Dylan Brady, Deputy City Attorney

Dylan Brady

Deputy City Attorney
Dylan Brady is a 2014 graduate of University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He graduated with distinction, received a Witkin Award for Public Health Law, and was on the Dean’s List his last two years. Dylan graduated from UC Davis with degrees in political science and history. Prior to employment with the City of Vallejo, Dylan worked at Legal Aid of Sonoma County as their Elder Law Attorney. As a Neighborhood Law Attorney, Mr. Brady 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. 

Hai Phan, Deputy City Attorney

Hai Phan

Deputy City Attorney
Hai Phan obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his juris doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Phan represented governmental entities in matters related to general tort liabilities, civil rights lawsuits, and employment cases. Mr. Phan practiced in all aspects of civil litigation handling complex disputes in state and federal courts. During law school, Mr. Phan clerked for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office LAX Division and the Orange County District Attorney Major Fraud Division. As a Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Phan collaborates with various city departments, outside governmental agencies, and members of the community to eliminate blight and nuisance conditions throughout the city to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Vallejo.


Vanessa Garcia, Law Office Supervisor

Vanessa Garcia

Law Office Supervisor
 Deena York, Legal Secretary

Deena York

Legal Secretary
   Rachel Carranza, Legal Secretary Rachel Carranza

Legal Secretary
   Kim Marcelo, Legal Secretary Kim Marcelo

Legal Secretary