LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER - BIOGRAPHY
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California's leading lawyers and lawmakers. Now, as L.A.’s chief lawyer and prosecutor, he has brought an innovative, problem-solving focus to the office that combines tough and effective prosecution with initiatives to improve the quality of life throughout the city.
In his first two years as City Attorney, Feuer has nearly tripled the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, launched a broad neighborhood school safety initiative, formed a strike force to combat illegal dumping, taken on wage theft, tackled substandard housing, cracked down on patient dumping, closed more than half the City’s unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries, instituted a program to protect immigrants from fraud, targeted polluters and advanced environmental justice.
A leader in preventing gun violence, Feuer created a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked aggressively to keep guns out the hands of criminals and children. Feuer has brought charges against parents who did not properly store firearms which later fell into the hands of their children. Working with the LAPD, he created protocols to assure domestic violence perpetrators do not have weapons. In a groundbreaking national effort, Feuer joined with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. to co-found and chair Prosecutors Against Gun Violence--an independent, non-partisan coalition devoted to prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of gun violence.
To spearhead justice system reform that reduces recidivism and addresses the root causes of crime, Feuer created the Community Justice Initiative--an array of innovative, neighborhood-based programs addressing quality of life crimes, truancy, prostitution, the needs of homeless veterans and more.
His office’s Family Violence Prevention Unit is on the frontlines when it comes to prosecuting domestic violence, child and elder abuse.
Feuer also has played a leading role in solving key municipal problems, including the history-making settlement of L.A.’s decades-long dispute with the Owens Valley (saving the city millions of dollars and vast quantities of water), and a successful fight for transparency in how ratepayer dollars are spent by DWP trusts.
Feuer previously served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, writing many of California's most important public safety, children's health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws. Feuer jointly-authored the Homeowners' Bill of Rights and the Iran Contracting Act. He wrote the Crime Gun Identification Act and the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, as well as the nation's most comprehensive law to remove cancer-causing chemicals from consumer products, the law requiring insurance companies to insure children with pre-existing conditions, the law authorizing L.A. County's transformative transportation initiative, Measure R, and much more.
As a Los Angeles City Council member, Feuer chaired the Budget and Finance Committee, delivering on-time, balanced budgets, fighting successfully for anti-gang and after-school programs, jobs for disadvantaged youth and meals for indigent seniors. Feuer wrote some of America's toughest laws to curb gun violence, initiated L.A.'s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system and spearheaded ethics and business tax reforms.
A champion for senior citizens, Feuer served as Executive Director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of the nation's leading public interest law firms. Under Mike's leadership, Bet Tzedek helped more than 50,000 indigent, primarily elderly or disabled clients on crucial cases involving nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, access to health care, housing, Holocaust restitution and more. The Los Angeles Daily Journal wrote that Feuer turned Bet Tzedek into a "national success story."
The recipient of dozens of awards for his achievements for seniors, children, environmental protection, gun violence prevention, access to justice, transportation improvements, civil rights, education reform and more, Feuer has taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He practiced law at two prominent firms, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley and Morrison & Foerster, and was a commentator on NPR member station KPCC. He began his career as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin.
Feuer is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for thirty-one years and have two children, Aaron and Danielle.