Los Angeles City Attorney

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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 his or her 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

Name Term
Hayes, BenjaminBenjamin Hayes 1850–1851
Dryden, William G.William G. Dryden 1851–1852
Brent, Joseph LancasterJoseph Lancaster Brent 1852–1853
Carr, Charles E.Charles E. Carr 1853
Brent, Joseph LancasterJoseph Lancaster Brent 1853
Hartman, IsaacIsaac Hartman 1854–1855
Granger, LewisLewis Granger 1855–1856
Thom, Cameron E.Cameron E. Thom 1856–1858
Lader, JamesJames H. Lader 1858–1859
Reynolds, Samuel F.Samuel F. Reynolds 1859–1861
Lader, JamesJames H. Lader 1861–1862
Newmark, Myer JosephMyer Joseph Newmark 1862
Chapman, AlfredAlfred Chapman 1862–1865
Lader, JamesJames H. Lader 1865
King, Andrew J.Andrew J. King 1866–1868
Larrabee, Charles H.Charles H. Larrabee 1868 (did not serve)[a]
McPherson, WilliamWilliam McPherson 1868–1870
Howard, Frank H.Frank H. Howard 1870–1872
Hutton, Aurelius W.Aurelius W. Hutton 1872–1876
Godfrey, John FranklinJohn Franklin Godfrey 1876–1880
Hazard, Henry T.Henry T. Hazard 1880–1882
Stephenson, WilliamWalter D. Stephenson 1882–1884
McKinley, James WilfredJames Wilfred McKinley 1884–1886
Daly, J.C.J.C. Daly 1886–1888
McFarland, CharlesCharles H. McFarland 1888–1894
Dunn, William EllsworthWilliam Ellsworth Dunn 1894–1898
Haas, Walter F.Walter F. Haas 1898–1900
Mathews, W.B.W.B. Mathews 1900–1906
Hewitt, Leslie R.Leslie R. Hewitt 1906–1910
Shenk, John W.John W. Shenk 1910–1913
Stephens Sr., Albert LeeAlbert Lee Stephens Sr. 1913–1919
Burnell, Charles S.Charles S. Burnell 1919–1921
Stephens, Jess E.Jess E. Stephens 1921–1929
Warner, ErwinErwin P. Warner 1929–1933
Chesebro, Ray L.Ray L. Chesebro 1933–1953
Arnebergh, RogerRoger Arnebergh 1953–1973
Pines, BurtBurt Pines 1973–1981
Reiner, IraIra Reiner 1981–1985
Hahn, JamesJames Hahn 1985–2001
Delgadillo, RockyRocky Delgadillo 2001–2009
Trutanich, CarmenCarmen Trutanich 2009–2013
Feuer, MikeMike 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. 

External links

  • Official website of the City Attorney
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