Len is a member of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley’s litigation and municipal advisory practice groups. His work covers a broad spectrum of public law issues, including land use, rate-making, charter cities, litigation involving public revenues, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
Prior to joining Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, Len served as a Reserve Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. Len staffed arraignment and trial courtrooms at the San Fernando Courthouse on a day-to-day basis. He prosecuted misdemeanor jury and bench trials as they arose and, as the sole prosecutor, had full responsibility for every aspect of his cases. In just a year Len brought seven criminal cases to trial and argued numerous bail reviews and motions to suppress. He also researched land use and CEQA issues for the City Attorney’s Executive Office.
Previously, Len served as a Legal Fellow at the California Energy Commission. There, he was assigned a broad research and writing agenda on matters including the Commission’s renewable energy financial incentive programs, energy efficiency regulations, California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, the federal Endangered Species Act, and other state and federal environmental statutes. Len also researched a series of complex agency and administrative law issues, with a particular focus on good governance practices at the Commission.
While a law student at UCLA, Len interned at two other government agencies. At the Office of the California Attorney General, where he provided research and writing support on a diverse group of state waste law and nuisance matters for the Department of Toxic Substances Control. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, Len also worked on waste-related enforcement matters. Len also contributed to an environmental justice initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council and assisted with employment and disability litigation at the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance of Los Angeles. Len participated in UCLA’s Public Policy Advocacy Clinic; the University of California in Washington, DC Program; and served as a Senior Editor on the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005 with a degree in Film & TV Production.
In his spare time, Len enjoys playing blues and jazz guitar, and hiking and backpacking throughout California.
- Public Law
- Land Use & CEQA
- Public Revenues