|By Marketwire .||
|March 12, 2013 11:00 AM EDT||
NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- Cummins & White, LLP, a well known full-service business, government entity, and insurance law practice, announced that partner Michael R.W. Houston has been named interim City Attorney for the City of Anaheim, the 10th largest city in California. The Anaheim City Council unanimously approved the appointment at its Feb. 19 meeting and Houston assumed office March 1.
As interim City Attorney, Houston will oversee the operation and management of the civil division of the Anaheim City Attorney's Office, which provides legal services to the City Council, all city departments, and city boards and commissions. With Houston, the office consists of 11 civil attorneys.
Houston joined Cummins & White as a partner in 2011, where he leads the regulatory law and government agency practice group. He has served as the assistant City Attorney for the City of La Quinta, and has provided legal counsel for the cities of Chula Vista, Corona, Costa Mesa, Marina, Napa, National City, Newport Beach, Pico Rivera, and San Diego. Houston also has served as outside counsel for the Association of California Cities - Orange County. Prior to joining Cummins & White, Houston was a partner at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, and was an associate at the global law firm Gary, Cary, Ware and Freidenrich (now DLA Piper). He graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor's degree in political science, and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Houston said he is honored to be working with the City of Anaheim. "We appreciate the confidence shown by the Anaheim City Council in Cummins & White," Houston said. "I look forward to serving the city until a permanent candidate is named."
The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.5 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.
About Cummins & White
Cummins & White, LLP, based in Newport Beach, is one of Southern California's premier business, government entity, and insurance law firms, successfully serving clients for more than 60 years. In addition to an expertise in insurance coverage and defense, the firm's transactional practices include business, acquisitions, real estate, tax and estate planning, tax controversy, government agency and municipal law, election and political law, and healthcare. The firm's successful civil and commercial litigation practices handle disputes in construction, employment, intellectual property, tax, and third-party liability. Cummins & White has 19 partners and associates. For more information, visit www.cumminsandwhite.com.
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