Scott H. Howard has joined Colantuono & Levin in an Of Counsel relationship in our municipal advisory practice, working in our Los Angeles office.  Scott brings to the firm over 34 years of broad experience in the Glendale City Attorney’s Office, the last 22 as City Attorney.

Scott advised the Glendale City Council, various commissions, and management staff on as broad range of issues as faces any California City. Glendale is a complex, full-service city, with police , fire and other City services, but water, sewer, and power utilities as well.  Scott’s focus has been on Open Meetings Laws, Political Reform Act, Conflicts of Interest, Election Law and First Amendment issues.  While in Glendale, Scott handled and managed litigation, wrote briefs for both trial and appellate court matters and a number of his cases resulted  in published opinions which serve as precedent for all California governments. He drafted ordinances and resolutions, negotiated land acquisitions, reviewed and drafted contracts and performed just about every task as a public agency attorney.  Scott’s experience as a City Attorney will be helpful to Colantuono & Levin’s municipal clients who require advisory assistance at all levels of the organization.

Scott’s initial assignments will include service as Assistant City Attorney and Planning Commission Counsel for the City of Calabasas and he is serving as lead author of an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties in a challenge to Redondo Beach’s day-laborer ordinance.  We also look forward to Scott providing another experienced hand in the training and support of our more junior lawyers.

Scott is a product of theCulver Cityschool system and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from theUniversityofSouthern California.  Scott attended and graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in 1976 and while there interned at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.  Scott has published a number of Municipal Law articles, and has provided training for numerous organizations both in and outsideCalifornia.

Scott is a Municipal Law Fellow and is the 2011 recipient of the William I. Thornton Jr. IMLA Faculty Award.

Scott’s experience will contribute to the firm’s municipal advisory team.  His full profile is available here.  Welcome Scott!