Michael J. Garcia, City Attorney
Michael J. Garcia was appointed City Attorney for the City of Glendale, California in September 2011. As the City’s chief legal officer, Mr. Garcia advises the City Council, City Manager, and the City Executive team on a wide variety of municipal law issues, with a particular emphasis on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, conflict of interest and other ethics laws, campaign finance, affordable housing and land use. Mr. Garcia also provides oversight in many other areas of law practiced by the City Attorney’s Office, including litigation, employment, and Propositions 218/26 compliance.
Prior to his appointment as City Attorney, Mr. Garcia served as Glendale’s Chief Assistant City Attorney from 2005 to 2011. As Chief Assistant City Attorney, he was the City’s principal land use legal advisor and counsel for the City’s Planning Commission. He also was the primary supervisor of the Office’s legal and professional staff. Prior to joining Glendale, Mr. Garcia held various positions in the Burbank City Attorney’s Office, with a primary emphasis on redevelopment, affordable housing, and land use. He worked in the private sector advising municipal law clients prior to joining Burbank.
Mr. Garcia attended the University of California, San Diego (Earl Warren College) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Economics and History. Michael graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California in 1997, where he was a member of the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Team and the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT).
Mr. Garcia is an active member of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities, where he has served on the Nominating Committee and the FPPC Committee, and the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (CAALAC), where he served as President in 2009. Mr. Garcia has conducted various in-house trainings on land use and open government laws, and presented at conferences and seminars before the California Redevelopment Association and American Planning Association.