John Sansone

John Sansone
Phone: (619) 260-4600 ext. 4472
Office: Warren Hall 116

Karin Spidel
(619) 260-2962

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(619) 260-2962

Professor of Practice

  • JD, 1981, University of San Diego
  • MA, 1974, Indiana University
  • BA, 1972, Westminster College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Sansone teaches in the areas of state and local government law.

Professional Experience

John Sansone, Professor of Practice, serves as Academic Director of the USD Field Placement Externship Program (including Agency Externship and Corporate Counsel Externship).  He also serves as Faculty Supervisor for the Agency Externship course.   

Mr. Sansone is the former County Counsel who served as the head of the Office of County Counsel from 1996-2011.  The elected County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Sansone as County Counsel.  The Office of County Counsel is the civil law office that provides legal representation to county government, including the offices of the elected Board of Supervisors, District Attorney, Sheriff, and numerous other county officials. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Sansone oversaw 140 staff members, including 70+ county attorneys.   

John Sansone also served in the Office of County Counsel between 1985-1996 as a deputy and chief deputy county counsel.  During this time, he served as the County's employment/labor law attorney, elections attorney, and the legal advisor for the San Diego County Superior Court, County Grand Jury, Board of Supervisors, and County Chief Administrative Officer.

Honors and Affiliations

Sansone served as the president of the Statewide County Counsels' Association, counsel to the Statewide California State Association of Counties, and as the governor's appointee to a Statewide Task Force to draft new legislation for the Superior Court personnel system. He also served as legal counsel to a statewide and two western regional professional university administrator associations.