Art Hartinger Joins Partnership of Public Law Group®

Firm Founded by Former City Attorney Louise Renne Delighted to Announce Prominent Addition

September 8, 2015

Contact: Jason Overman (415) 364-0000

San Francisco, CA – The partnership of Public Law Group®, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP, announced Friday the addition of prominent public interest attorney Arthur A. Hartinger.

Hartinger, 55, joins Public Law Group® as a partner – bringing three decades of legal experience – and, with extensive trial experience, is considered one of the top employment litigators in California. The Daily Journal has named him a “Northern California Super Lawyer” every year since it started the award in 2004, and in 2012 listed him on its distinguished list, the “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” He has also been named one of the top 75 labor and employment attorneys, and one of the top 20 municipal lawyers in each of the last three years.

Public Law Group®, founded in 2004 by former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, is recognized as one of the top public sector and public interest law firms in California. The firm works for a diverse group of government and public agency clients, as well as nonprofits and community-based organizations. Its clients include many major California cities and counties.

“Art is truly one of the best lawyers I have ever known,” Renne said. “His commitment to public service is unparalleled, and I’m delighted to work with him again – as many of us did in the City Attorney’s Office.”

Hartinger’s experience representing public agencies is extensive: he has represented the City of Los Angeles, the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose, and many others. An expert on retiree medical litigation, he won on behalf of Orange County in a case that went to the state Supreme Court and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hartinger has also successfully defended the chief of the Richmond Police Department against claims brought by several members of his command staff in a three-and-a-half-month jury trial.

The move is a bit of a homecoming for Hartinger, who worked years ago as a deputy city attorney in San Francisco during Renne’s tenure as city attorney.

“I am thrilled to practice again with Louise Renne, whom I’ve always admired,” Hartinger said. “Since I first worked as a law clerk for former Oakland City Attorney Richard Winnie, I have dedicated my core practice to public interest work. Public Law Group® is devoted to this practice, and it’s part of the firm’s organizational DNA. To me, this is like returning to my family.”

Hartinger comes to Public Law Group® from Oakland-based Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Arthur A. Hartinger is one of California’s leading labor and employment attorneys, and has been practicing law for 30 years. He joins the Public Law Group® at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP as a partner. Previously, he has served as co-chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson. He has been designated by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys” in 2013 and a “Northern California Super Lawyer” each year since the inception of the award in 2004. He was also selected by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 20 Municipal Lawyers in California” for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in 2012 he was named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” Hartinger represents public and private clients in complex state and federal litigation pertaining to all types of labor and employment issues. He has also served as a deputy city attorney in San Francisco. Hartinger earned his B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School.

Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP (Public Law Group®) was founded in 2004 to serve both large and small public agencies, nonprofits and community-based organizations, as well as private clients throughout California. With collective experience in multiple areas of public agency law, its attorneys are skilled and effective advocates – and bring a solution-oriented approach to a wide-range of client concerns, including labor and employment matters, workplace investigations, ADA facilities compliance, CEQA and land use, operational consulting, ethics, constitutional and civil rights law, and election law. Public Law Group’s attorneys have the experience to serve as general counsel or to advise on specific legal issues, depending on the client’s needs. The firm is built on the successful outside-the-box approach developed by its chair, former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne.