Department Staff

Patrick Whitnell, General Counsel, (916) 658-8281
Patrick Whitnell joined the League in 2005 as Assistant General Counsel, and was named General Counsel in 2007. Prior to joining the League, Patrick was an associate with the law firm of Meyers Nave, working in its Oakland office. He served as City Attorney for the City of San Juan Bautista, and Assistant City Attorney for several cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Patrick graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Psychology and Linguistics and received his JD from San Francisco Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Corrie Manning, Assistant General Counsel, (916) 658-8267

Corrie Manning joined the League in 2015 as Deputy General Counsel, was named Senior Deputy Counsel in 2016 and Assistant General Counsel in 2018.  Corrie was an associate with the law firm of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento before coming to the League, where she represented and advised various public agencies throughout the state of California.  Corrie graduated from McGeorge School of Law with Great Distinction. She also holds a degree in Sociology with a Law and Society emphasis from UC Davis.

Alison Leary, Deputy General Counsel, (916) 658-8266

Alison Leary joined the League in 2016. Prior to joining the League, she served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Folsom and as a volunteer law clerk for the California Attorney General's office. Alison received her Bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Communications, with a minor in Political Science, and earned her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.

Janet Leonard, Legal Services Manager, (916) 658-8276
Janet Leonard joined the League in 2009 as Legal Assistant, and was named Legal Services Manager in 2017. She studied Communications at Santa Rosa Junior College and received her Paralegal Studies Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley Extension. She has extensive experience as a Legal Assistant in the practice areas of civil appeals, civil litigation, employment and labor law, bankruptcy, estate planning and family law. She has also served as an executive assistant, office manager and event planner for a large real estate development company.
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