Los Angeles City Attorney

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Los Angeles City Attorney
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Mike Feuer city photograph.jpg
Michael Feuer

since July 1, 2013
TypeCity attorney
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 violations. The Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutes felonies. 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.[1] In addition the General Counsel Division of the office provides legal counsel for the city and represents it in civil actions.

List of Los Angeles city attorneys[edit]

Portrait Name Term
Benjamin Ignatius Hayes 1849.jpg Benjamin Hayes 1850–1851
William G. Dryden 1851–1852
Joseph Lancaster Brent.jpg Joseph Lancaster Brent 1852–1853
Charles E. Carr 1853
Joseph Lancaster Brent.jpg Joseph Lancaster Brent 1853
Isaac Hartman 1854–1855
Lewis Granger.jpg Lewis Granger 1855–1856
Portret Camerona Erskina Thoma.jpg Cameron E. Thom 1856–1858
James H. Lader 1858–1859
Samuel F. Reynolds 1859–1861
James H. Lader 1861–1862
Myer J. Newmark 1862
A. B. Chapman (00074438).jpg Alfred Chapman 1862–1865
James H. Lader 1865
A.J. King, Los Angeles, California, lawman and pioneer.png Andrew J. King 1866–1868
CharlesHLarrabee.jpg Charles H. Larrabee 1868 (did not serve)[a]
William McPherson 1868–1870
Frank H. Howard 1870–1872
Aurelius W. Hutton.png Aurelius W. Hutton 1872–1876
John F. Godfrey, soldier and attorney, United States.png John F. Godfrey 1876–1880
Portret Henry'ego Hazarda.jpg Henry T. Hazard 1880–1882
Walter D. Stephenson 1882–1884
James Wilfred McKinley.png James Wilfred McKinley 1884–1886
J. C. Daly 1886–1888
Charles H. McFarland 1888–1894
William Ellsworth Dunn 1894–1898
Walter F. Haas.png Walter F. Haas 1898–1900
William Burgess Mathews, California water law expert.png W. B. Mathews 1900–1906
Leslie R. Hewitt 1906–1910
John W. Shenk, 1932.jpg John W. Shenk 1910–1913
Albert Lee Stephens Sr., 1935.jpg Albert Lee Stephens Sr. 1913–1919
Charles S. Burnell, 1936.jpg Charles S. Burnell 1919–1921
Jess E. Stephens, 1928.jpg Jess E. Stephens 1921–1929
Erwin P. Werner, 1936.jpg Erwin P. Werner 1929–1933
Raymond L. Chesebro, 1930s.jpg Ray L. Chesebro 1933–1953
Roger Arnebergh 1953–1973
Burt Pines, 1973.jpg Burt Pines 1973–1981
Ira Reiner 1981–1985
James Hahn at the Long Beach Port (1).jpg James Hahn 1985–2001
Rocky Delgadillo 2001–2009
Carmen Trutanich.jpg Carmen Trutanich 2009–2013
Mike Feuer city photograph.jpg Mike Feuer 2013–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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