Los Angeles City Attorney

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Los Angeles City Attorney
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Hydee Feldstein Soto
since December 12, 2022
TypeCity attorney
AppointerDirect election
Term length4 years

The Los Angeles City Attorney is an elected official who serves as the City of Los Angeles' government's lawyer and as a criminal prosecutor for misdemeanor offenses only. The City Attorney is elected for four years, and the City Charter requires the city attorney to be a lawyer qualified to practice in the California courts for five years preceding their election. In addition the General Counsel Division of the office provides legal counsel for the city and represents it in civil actions. The Los Angeles County District Attorney is an elected official who serves a four year term and is the criminal prosecutor for the County of Los Angeles for both felony and misdemeanor offenses. [1]

List of Los Angeles city attorneys[edit]

Image Name Term
Benjamin Hayes 1850–1851
William G. Dryden 1851–1852
Joseph Lancaster Brent 1852–1853
Charles E. Carr 1853
Joseph Lancaster Brent 1853
Isaac Hartman 1854–1855
Lewis Granger 1855–1856
Cameron E. Thom 1856–1858
James H. Lader 1858–1859
Samuel F. Reynolds 1859–1861
James H. Lader 1861–1862
Myer J. Newmark 1862
Alfred Chapman 1862–1865
James H. Lader 1865
Andrew J. King 1866–1868
Charles H. Larrabee 1868 (did not serve)[a]
William McPherson 1868–1870
Frank H. Howard 1870–1872
Aurelius W. Hutton 1872–1876
John F. Godfrey 1876–1880
Henry T. Hazard 1880–1882
Walter D. Stephenson 1882–1884
James Wilfred McKinley 1884–1886
J. C. Daly 1886–1888
Charles H. McFarland 1888–1894
William Ellsworth Dunn 1894–1898
Walter F. Haas 1898–1900
W. B. Mathews 1900–1906
Leslie R. Hewitt 1906–1910
John W. Shenk 1910–1913
Albert Lee Stephens Sr. 1913–1919
Charles S. Burnell 1919–1921
Jess E. Stephens 1921–1929
Erwin P. Werner 1929–1933
Ray L. Chesebro 1933–1953
Roger Arnebergh 1953–1973
Burt Pines 1973–1981
Ira Reiner 1981–1985
James Hahn 1985–2001
Rocky Delgadillo 2001–2009
Carmen Trutanich 2009–2013
Mike Feuer 2013–2022
Hydee Feldstein Soto 2022–present


  1. ^ "The election took place as ordered by the council on April 6, 1868. All officials were duly elected on that date and certified on the 9th of April, three days later, but did not hold a single session. Instead, the existing administration continued to function until December 7, 1868. The April election seems to have been wholly ignored." Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials 1850–1938, Municipal Reference Library, March 1938, reprinted 1946.


  1. ^ Sonenshein, Raphael J. (2006). Los Angeles : structure of a city government (PDF). [Los Angeles]: League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. ISBN 0-9668991-1-3.

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