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Mary Wickham County Counsel

The Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, county departments and other county entities in the nation’s largest and most diverse county.

I am proud and honored to serve as the fifteenth County Counsel and to be the second woman to hold this position. Our office is one of the largest municipal civil law offices in the country, with more than 300 attorneys and 500 employees.  We have consistently enjoyed the reputation of being among the finest public law offices. Our alumni include judges, legal scholars and authors, as well as business and political leaders. We are a culturally diverse group of talented attorneys privileged to advise our clients on a variety of matters including some of the most critical social issues of our time.

Our office utilizes both individual expertise as well as a cross divisional team approach to develop strategies and solutions. We provide training and professional development opportunities for attorneys and support staff in order to develop a high level of skill, opportunities and challenges so the office remains a desirable long term career choice.  We are committed to keeping current with technological advancements so we can more effectively and efficiently serve our clients. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our mission, history and organization.


Mary Wickham

County Counsel

MISSION


An invaluable public law leader

VISION


Strategic Thinkers
Innovative Partners
Solution Builders

VALUES


Integrity
Teamwork
Innovation
Excellence
Responsiveness
 

History of the Office of County Counsel


 

The Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel was established pursuant to the County Charter and State Constitution in 1913. The County Counsel is an appointed County officer whose duties include providing legal advice and representation to the Board of Supervisors, County officers, County departments and various other public agencies in civil matters.

Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation with a population exceeded by only seven states. As the population of the County has grown and as the scope of County government has expanded over the years, the Office of County Counsel has kept pace - growing from a staff of 38 attorneys in 1963 to over 330 attorneys and a support staff of over 275 today.

The Office has consistently enjoyed the reputation of being one of the finest public law offices in the country. Its alumni include judges, legal scholars and authors, as well as business and political leaders. Office alumni include former California Governor, Attorney General and Assemblyman George Deukmejian, retired Signal Oil President and Chairman Forrest N. Shumway, former U.S. Secretary of the Army and State Assemblyman Louis Caldera, former Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman John H. Larson, and Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile, and Professor Arvo Van Alstyne, the principal author of the California Government Tort Claims Act.

Since the inception of the Office in 1913, there have been fourteen County Counsels.