Craig Steele is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Steele has over 25 years of experience practicing local government law and has worked in government and politics for over 35 years. Mr. Steele is the City Attorney for the Cities of Monrovia and Seal Beach, and served as Counsel to the Successor Agency to the redevelopment agencies in those cities and also the former redevelopment agency for the City of Indio. Mr. Steele also serves as General Counsel to the Los Angeles County Children and Families First Proposition 10 Commission (“First 5 LA”). He served as Agoura Hills City Attorney from 1999-2012, Highland City Attorney from 2007-2019, and Interim CEO of First 5 LA throughout 2012.
A former political campaign manager, Mr. Steele is an expert in elections, voting and government ethics laws and has frequently been asked to speak and teach about those subjects by the League of California Cities, California Special Districts Association, and other organizations.