About the City Attorneys

Andrew ("Andy") Heglund - City Attorney

Andy became Ventura’s City Attorney in March 2022. He joined the City Attorney's Office in July 2019 as the Senior Assistant City Attorney – Transactional, after serving with the City Attorney’s Office in Bakersfield, California. He received his bachelor's degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1995 and his law degree from Regent University in 2002. 

Professionally, Andy spent his early years in private law practice in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, specializing in litigation. After joining the Bakersfield City Attorney's Office in 2011, Andy found that his true passion is municipal law, and he was able to exercise that passion as the legal advisor to the Planning Commission and the Planning and Public Works Departments.

Since coming to the City of Ventura, Andy has worked primarily with the City’s Community Development Department, advising the Planning Commission and other planning boards and commissions.

Andy and his family love Ventura and are blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community.

 

Andy H. Viets - Senior Assistant City Attorney

Andy graduated from Hofstra University in New York with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1982 and from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1985 with his law degree.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1986.

Mr. Viets is a thirty-five-year resident of Ventura County.  He started practicing law in Ventura in January 1987, first as a workers’ compensation defense attorney and soon thereafter in the field of civil litigation, which included defending various public entities in civil lawsuits. After many years practicing with a firm in Ventura, he opened his own office in 2006, specializing in civil litigation, which included representing public entities. He joined Norman Dowler, LLP, in Ventura in April 2007, where his practice continued to focus on civil litigation, serving as the head of the firm’s litigation department. 

Mr. Viets began working for the City Attorney’s Office in 2008, first as an Assistant City Attorney and then as the Senior Assistant City Attorney – Litigation since 2012.  In this capacity, he oversees the City’s Litigation Division, which litigates civil and criminal cases, weapons forfeiture matters and Pitchess motions.  He also participates in administrative hearings, responds to subpoenas and public records requests, and provides transactional services/legal advice regarding employment law and law enforcement issues.


Dirk DeGenna - Assistant City Attorney II

Dirk joined the City Attorney's office in September 2015. He graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and received his law degree from Pepperdine University in 1996. 

Dirk defends the City in civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts and prosecutes misdemeanor cases and code enforcement matters. Prior to working for the City, he worked for a private law office representing multiple public entities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.


Miles Hogan - Senior Assistant City Attorney

Miles joined the City Attorney's office in 2016, first as an Assistant City Attorney II and then as the Senior Assistant City Attorney – Transactional since April 2022. In that capacity, he oversees the City’s Transactional Division. In additional to general municipal law, he specializes in water, wastewater. and environmental law, and advises the Ventura Water department and the City’s Water Commission. Miles previously worked for a private law firm representing cities and other public agencies.

Miles volunteers with the California Lawyers Association (CLA), the nonprofit, statewide association for licensed California attorneys. He serves on the Executive Committee for CLA’s Environmental Law Section and on CLA’s Governance Committee.  He is also a member of the Ventura County Bar Association.

Miles received his bachelor of science degree in marine biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, graduating with the school's Environmental Law Certificate and Public Interest Law Certificate. He was the inaugural fellow for the California Environmental Law & Policy Center and now serves on its Advisory Board of Directors. Prior to law school, Miles participated in an AmeriCorps Program called City Year, and he highly recommends young adults consider a year of service with AmeriCorps. Miles lives in Ventura and enjoys running, going to the beach, and eating at local restaurants.


Megan Lorenzen - Assistant City Attorney II

Megan joined the City Attorney's office in June 2019. She received her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from American University and her law degree from Duke University School of Law.  

Since joining the City Attorney’s Office, Megan has served as the legal advisor for the Finance & Technology, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Public Works, and Fire Departments.  She specializes in municipal finance regulations, cybersecurity, contract drafting and negotiation, commercial cannabis regulations, tobacco regulations, mobile home rent stabilization, and housing issues.  

Prior to 2019, Megan worked for a large private law firm representing both corporations and public entities in a wide variety of civil lawsuits and employment disputes and providing general advice and counsel on labor and employment issues.


Susan Marquez - Paralegal

Susan Marquez began working for the City Attorney's Office in 1999. Since coming to the City, Susan has held a number of important roles in the office including office administrator and manager. 

Susan has 37 years of experience in civil litigation, working for various private law practices in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She is a member of the Ventura County Paralegal Association.  Previously, she was an active member of the Ventura County Legal Secretaries Association and held various posts within that organization. She received her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Susan and her husband have two grown children and enjoy family time and traveling


Johanna Johnsen - Legal Litigation Assistant

Johanna Johnsen began working with the City in October 2015. She received an associate of science degree in administration of justice from Ventura College and later earned her paralegal certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She has over 25 years of legal experience, mostly in private law practices, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in public service.  She is also a Notary Public for the State of California. She was born and raised in Oxnard.


Sophia Garcia - Administrative Assistant

Sophia Garcia joined the City Attorney’s Office in March 2022. She received her bachelor of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from California State University, Channel Islands. Sophia brings her more than 8 years of combined work experience working for the County of Ventura and County of Riverside within social services, law enforcement, and public works agencies to the City Attorney’s Office. She is passionate about public sector work and is thrilled to be promoting public service. In her free time, Sophia enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and attending yoga and CrossFit classes.