Vista, CA — The Vista City Council appointed Walter Chung as City Attorney at their regular meeting Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Chung had been serving as Acting City Attorney since June 2022 following the retirement of former City Attorney Darold Pieper.
“I am pleased to continue serving the City of Vista,” said Walter Chung after the announcement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I look forward to supporting the Council’s strategic priorities and the organization’s mission.”
The city attorney is one of two positions, along with the city manager, appointed by the City Council. The City Attorney provides legal advice to the City Council, Commissions, Boards, and City staff. Chung will also lead a team of assistant and deputy city attorneys who perform the various functions of the City Attorney’s Office, such as preparing and reviewing all legal documents, ordinances, resolutions, and leases, participating in negotiations of all contracts, prosecution of municipal code violations, and coordination and supervision of special counsel to the City of Vista.
Chung was Vista’s Assistant City Attorney from 2020 to 2022, after serving in the same position in the City of Carlsbad from 2017 to 2020. From 2006 to 2017, Chung was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego where he handled high-profile litigation matters. Chung has extensive personal litigation experience both at the trial and appellate levels. For example, Chung’s numerous litigation successes for the City of San Diego has resulted in saving the city from having to contribute in excess of a $1B over the next 30 years for pension benefits and retiree health benefits. Chung also has extensive transactional experience gained from working in both the financial and tech sectors.
Chung earned a B.S. in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. Chung earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1992 and, in 1993, graduated with honors with a LL.M. in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law. In 2011, The Los Angeles San Francisco Daily Journal, the leading daily legal publication in the state, named Chung as one of the top twenty-five municipal attorneys in the State of California.
Contact : City Attorney’s Office 760.639.6119