The Daily Journal, California’s leading legal newspaper, released its annual list of the Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California. Michael G. Colantuono was named for the second year in a row. Sandra J. Levin was named as well.
The Daily Journal is California’s leading legal daily covering courts and other legal developments with publications in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each year it identifies 25 municipal lawyers who have made the most significant contributions to public law in the prior year. The Daily Journal recognized Michael for his win in the California Supreme Court in Alhambra and 46 Other Cities v. County of Los Angeles, a case involving excess charges by counties to cities for operating the property tax system. More information about that case is available here. Perhaps $40 million per year is at stake statewide. The Daily Journal recognized Sandi for her leading role in defending local telephone taxes against industry and class action challenges, notably for the City of Los Angeles and on behalf of more than 40 cities in a suit against every city and county in the state which levies a telephone tax, Sipple v. City of Alameda et al. More information about that case is available here.
Recognition by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California is a great honor and especially so to have two of our 14 lawyers recognized at the same time. While other firms had two lawyers recognized, those were much larger firms than ours. We are very proud of Michael’s and Sandi’s recognition.
Colantuono & Levin serves Auburn, Barstow, Calabasas, Grass Valley, La Habra Heights, Los Alamitos, and Sierra Madre as City Attorney and many other counties, cities and special districts as special counsel. Colantuono is a past president of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities and the State Bar named him the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He also serves as a Trustee of the California State Bar.
More information about the Daily Journal and its Top 25 Municipal Lawyers may be found at http://www.dailyjournal.com/public/pubmain.cfm?shNewsType=login. More information about Colantuoo & Levin may be found here.