Municipal Finance of Water Projects

Municipal Finance of Water Projects

Water Seminar Series Flyer

Topic: Municipal Finance of Water Projects
Speaker: Michael Colantuono, Attorney at Law, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
When: Friday, November 4, 2016, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Where: University Library, 2000 State University Drive, Library 11


About the Speaker
Michael ColantuonoMichael G. Colantuono is a shareholder in Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, a municipal law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Grass Valley. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in government and received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley. Chief Justice Ronald M. George presented him with the 2010 Public Lawyer of the Year Award on behalf of the California State Bar Association. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of California's Top Municipal Lawyers every year since 2011. He is former treasurer and present trustee of the State Bar of California, the agency responsible for regulating the practice of law in the state. The State Bar has certified Michael as an appellate specialist and he is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a prestigious association of fewer than 100 of California's most distinguished appellate advocates.

Michael is one of California's leading experts on municipal revenues and has appeared in all six Courts of Appeal in California. In addition, he has argued five public finance cases in the California Supreme Court since 2004 and helped brief two others. He will argue three more in the coming year. He served on the committee that drafted the League of California Cities Proposition 218 Implementation Guide and chaired the subcommittee that drafted what became the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act of 1997. He also chaired the League Committee that drafted the Proposition 26 Implementation Guide and is now handling some of the first appeals under that measure. He also serves as special counsel to counties, cities and special districts around California.

Michael is a past president of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities and established its first Ethics Committee. He served on the Commission on Local Governance in the 21st Century, the recommendations of which led to substantial revisions of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act. Michael is General Counsel of the Calaveras and San Diego LAFCOs and serves as outside counsel to the Nevada, Orange, and Yolo County LAFCOs.

He frequently posts comments on local government and municipal finance topics to Twitter
( @MColantuono ) and LinkedIn ( Michael Colantuono ).

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