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Michael Feuer
Michael Feuer.jpg
8th Los Angeles City Attorney
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
MayorEric Garcetti
Preceded byCarmen Trutanich
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 42nd district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byPaul Koretz
Succeeded byBrian Nestande
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 5th district
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001
Preceded byZev Yaroslavsky
Succeeded byJack Weiss
Personal details
Born (1958-05-14) May 14, 1958 (age 60)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gail Ruderman[1]
EducationHarvard University (A.B., J.D.)

Michael Nelson Feuer (born May 14, 1958)[2] is an American politician and lawyer who has been serving as Los Angeles City Attorney since July, 2013, after defeating incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich on May 21, 2013.

Feuer was previously elected to three two-year terms in the California State Assembly, representing the 42nd Assembly District. He was elected in 2006 on the Democratic ticket, and reelected in 2008 and 2010.

Feuer served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1995 to 2001, representing the 5th Council District. In 2001, he was a candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney. He placed first of four candidates in the primary for the non-partisan office, but lost the run-off to Rocky Delgadillo. Prior to seeking office, Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice and was a lawyer in private practice.

Before Politics

Feuer was born and raised to a Jewish family[3] in San Bernardino, California. He graduated in 1976 from San Bernardino High School.[4]

Feuer received both a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree (cum laude) from Harvard University.[5] He later served on the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, which reports to the Harvard Board of Overseers. He practiced law at two of California's leading firms and served as a judicial clerk to the California Supreme Court.[5]

Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice.[5][6] The Los Angeles Daily Journal declared that Feuer transformed Bet Tzedek into a "national success story" by establishing programs to help Alzheimer's patients, victims of the Northridge earthquake and L.A. civil unrest, and Holocaust survivors striving to obtain restitution.[5] At Bet Tzedek, Feuer oversaw free legal representation for more than 50,000 elderly, poor, and disabled clients on issues including health care, nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, and slum housing.[5]

City Council

From 1995 to 2001, Feuer served as the 5th District member of the Los Angeles City Council. He was elected to fill a vacancy caused by the election of Councilmember Zev Yaroslavsky to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Feuer defeated Barbara Yaroslavsky, the outgoing councilmember's wife.[4]

While on the Council, Feuer led committees on business tax reform, children's and seniors' issues, and ethics in government. He chaired the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, delivering balanced multibillion-dollar budgets and intervening to ensure meals and transportation for seniors in need, jobs for disadvantaged youth, basic services for Los Angeles' neighborhoods and funding to promote literacy.[5]

Feuer reached the two-term limit for his city council seat in 2001, and ran for city attorney.[5][7][8]

First run for City Attorney and after

In 2001, Feuer ran for City Attorney. He placed first in the nonpartisan primary for the office, taking 39% to opponent Rocky Delgadillo's 38%, but was defeated in the runoff, with Delgadillo taking 52% to Feuer's 48%.[9] Afterward, Feuer worked in private practice and taught at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He also wrote articles on children, seniors, government reform, violence prevention, consumer rights, the justice system and the environment in California's leading newspapers. He served as a commentator on National Public Radio member KPCC.[10]

Race for Assembly

In 2006, Feuer defeated West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and three others in the Democratic primary for the 42nd Assembly District seat.[11][12][13]

Feuer won the general election against Republican Steven Mark Sion with more than 72% of the vote.[14] In 2008 he was reelected, defeating Sion again with more than 76% of the vote.[citation needed] He was elected to a third and final term in the Assembly in 2010, defeating Republican Mary Toman-Miller with more than 73% of the vote.[citation needed]

Assembly Member

Feuer served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, writing many public safety, children's health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws. He also served as chairman of Budget Subcommittee No. 5, dealing with information technology and transportation.[15] He served on the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Select Committees on Rail Transportation and Prison Construction and Operation.[5]

As a freshman, Feuer introduced more than 20 bills, on topics including transit oriented development, improvements on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, reducing DUI ticket masking, nursing home safety and information, and putting a 7% cap on UC fee increases.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved Feuer's microstamping bill and his bill on DUI ticket masking on October 14, 2007, but vetoed several of Feuer's other bills, including those on nursing homes, consumer rebates, and court fees.[16]

City Attorney

Feuer took office as the 8th Los Angeles City Attorney on July 1, 2013. He was re-elected in 2017 without opposition [17] Since taking Office Feuer has nearly tripled the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program,[18] launched a broad neighborhood school safety initiative,[19] formed a strike force to combat illegal dumping,[20] taken on wage theft,[21] tackled substandard housing,[22] cracked down on patient dumping,[23] closed more than half the City's unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries,[24] instituted a program to protect immigrants from fraud,[25] and advanced environmental justice.[25]

In April 2018 Feuer won a major court victory against the Trump administration winning an injunction against the Federal Government they can't tie funding immigration considerations.[26]

Feuer's work to protect consumers caught national attention as he was the first governmental entity to go after Wells Fargo for opening unauthorized accounts. His litigation resulted in a national settlement with Wells Fargo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Comptroller of the Currency.[27]

In preventing gun violence, Feuer created a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked to keep guns out the hands of criminals and children.[28] Feuer has brought charges against parents who did not properly store firearms which later fell into the hands of their children.[29] Working with the LAPD, he created protocols to assure domestic violence perpetrators do not have weapons.[30] In a 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.[31]

To reform the justice system and help reduce 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.[32]

Feuer also has played a role in solving municipal problems, including the settlement of L.A.'s decades-long dispute with the Owens Valley (saving the city millions of dollars and vast quantities of water),[33] and a successful fight for transparency in how ratepayer dollars are spent by DWP trusts.[34]

Prosecution of Black activists

Feuer's office has filed charges against numerous prominent Black activists after their arrests during Los Angeles Police Commission meetings. These include Los Angeles' only homeless elected official "General" Jeff Page,[35][36] Black Lives Matter Los Angeles co-founder and Cal State LA professor Melina Abdullah,[37] and longtime civil and human rights activist and labor organizer Greg Akili.[38] Akili, a member of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles’ Action Committee and a cofounder of the United Domestic Workers Union,[39] filed a $4 million lawsuit in 2017 against the City of Los Angeles, the LAPD, and others regarding his arrest at a 2016 Commission meeting and subsequent prosecution.[40] Akili called his trial, which ended in all charges being dismissed after a jury with no Black members deadlocked, "an effort to silence Black Lives Matter",[38] and said Feuer could have avoided the "political trial" by dropping the charges against him.[38] Akili's attorney, Dermot Givens, said the charges against Akili were dropped because Feuer "didn’t coordinate the lies good enough."[39]

Personal life

Feuer holds both a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Harvard University, and has been married to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer for over 34 years,[41] with two children: Danielle and Aaron.



  1. ^ California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "CMTA legislative database: Mike Feuer Assembly District 42, Democrat." Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Article in the LA Times titled "Candidates Spar for Seats of Democratic Legislators" published on May 25, 2006, on page B1, in the California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk section, written by Deborah Schoch. It states: "A former Los Angeles city councilman, Feuer, 48, spent eight years as executive ...", thereby sourcing the 1958 birth year given above.
  3. ^ Times of Israel: "Los Angeles’ Jewish Electoral Sweep" by Pini Herman May 23, 2013
  4. ^ a b A Matter of Integrity by Tugend, Tom. Jewish Journal. May 11, 2001. © 2006-7 The Jewish Journal. All Rights Reserved. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h California Assembly Biography Archived 2007-02-23 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  6. ^ Former Los Angeles City Councilman, Michael Feuer, Joins Morrison & Foerster in Business Wire on Nov 13, 2001 from -- sources starting date for Bet Tzedek work.
  7. ^ Riordan's Silence in City Attorney Race May Be at End Archived 2006-08-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Open for Business - Los Angeles City Council in Los Angeles Business Journal on June 25, 2001 from -- provides date for Feuer's leaving city council.
  9. ^ Official Election Results: June 5, 2001[permanent dead link] City of Los Angeles General Municipal & Consolidated Elections. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  10. ^ Feuer goes back to roots to grow his new practice - Law published by the Los Angeles Business Journal on Nov 19, 2001 by Amanda Bronstad from -- sources his post-city council work, and loss to Delgadillo.
  11. ^ State Assembly: Feuer, Krekorian, Murray, Eng: Democratic primary endorsements in four crucial districts by The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, The Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2006.
  12. ^ Mike Feuer for 42nd – Exclusive Interview Archived 2007-06-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Koretz Drops Bomb on Assembly Race Archived 2007-07-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ California Secretary of State: November 7, 2006 General Election Results Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  15. ^ Assemblyman Mike Feuer Appointed Chair on Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Transportation. Assembly Member Mike Feuer News Release, December 4, 2006; accessed August 17, 2007.
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  18. ^ "L.A. city attorney doubles number of neighborhood prosecutors". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2014.
  19. ^
  20. ^ Mejia, Brittny (November 6, 2014). "City attorney creates strike force to combat illegal dumping in L.A". Los Angeles Times.
  21. ^ "L.A. city attorney alleges contractors failed to properly pay workers". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2014.
  22. ^ Winton, Richard (February 18, 2014). "Residents are moved out of assisted care homes sued for alleged abuse". Los Angeles Times.
  23. ^
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  28. ^ Jim Newton (2 November 2014). "Gridlock in Congress? Act locally". LA Times.
  29. ^ "Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school". Los Angeles Times. October 15, 2014.
  30. ^ Christine Devine (10 October 2013). "What LA Is Doing About Gun Violence, Domestic Violence". My Fox LA. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015.
  31. ^ Joseph Serna (17 September 2014). "Feuer to co-chair new national group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence". LA Times.
  32. ^ Mike Feuer (11 September 2014). "Justice takes to the streets of L.A." LA Times.
  33. ^ "100 years later, the dust settles in the Owens Valley". Los Angeles Times. November 16, 2014.
  34. ^[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ "Skid Row's General Jeff Profiled By CNN". Curbed. January 7, 2010.
  36. ^
  37. ^ "Arraignment Delayed for Woman Charged in Alleged Attack on Ex-Police Chief". My News LA. August 31, 2018.
  38. ^ a b c "Prominent Civil and Human Rights Activist Sues L.A. and LAPD for False Arrest". LA Sentinel. May 11, 2017.
  39. ^ a b "Activist Sues Over Arrest At Police Commission Meeting". Los Angeles Wave. May 11, 2017.
  40. ^ "Black Lives Matter Activist Sues City Over Alleged False Arrest". LA Weekly. May 10, 2017.
  41. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Zev Yaroslavsky
Los Angeles City Councilman, 5th district
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001
Succeeded by
Jack Weiss
California Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Koretz
California State Assemblyman, 42nd district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Succeeded by
Brian Nestande
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carmen Trutanich
Los Angeles City Attorney
July 1, 2013 - present
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