Craig A. Steele is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon and serves on the Firm's Management Committee. Mr. Steele has over 23 years of experience practicing local government law and has worked in government and politics for over 30 years. Mr. Steele is the City Attorney for the Cities of Highland, Monrovia, and Seal Beach. He serves as Counsel to the Successor Agency to the redevelopment agencies in those cities and also the former redevelopment agency for the City of Indio. Mr. Steele also serves as General Counsel to the Los Angeles County Children and Families First Proposition 10 Commission ("First 5 LA"). He served as Agoura Hills City Attorney from 1999-2012 and Interim CEO of First 5 LA throughout 2012. In addition to his public agency practice, he has represented candidates for local, state, and federal offices and other private interests on a variety of election and political law matters. He is the author of several local ballot measures, including open space preservation, local taxes, fireworks regulation and transportation.
Mr. Steele concentrates on the representation of public agency clients in a wide range of government law areas and has spoken and written extensively on open government issues including Campaign Finance Regulation, Lobbying, Public Records, Open Meeting Laws and Conflicts of Interest Law. His article "The Rules on Lobbying: What Every Local Official Should Know" was published in the January, 2010 issue of Western City Magazine. He is a past member of the FPPC Committee of the League of California Cities' City Attorneys Department and also served on a task force of the Institute for Local Government drafting a resources book on open space acquisition by cities.
Mr. Steele is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Spartan Boosters, and served for seven years as Chair of the La Cañada Unified School District's Bond Oversight Committee.
B.A., University of Southern
J.D., University of California Gould School of Law,