B.A., 1997, Georgetown University
J.D., 2000, Columbia Law School
Craig E. Leen was appointed to serve as the City Attorney and chief legal officer for the City of Coral Gables in 2011. Mr. Leen is the chief legal officer and general counsel for the City, serving as counsel to the City Commission, City Officials, and City Departments, providing legal opinions and interpretations on behalf of the City, and supervising the City Attorney’s Office and outside counsel.
Mr. Leen is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law. He serves as a volunteer adjunct professor for the University of Miami School of Law, where he has taught State & Local Government Law and Real Property & Government. In addition, Mr. Leen is an adjunct professor at the Florida International University College of Law, where he has taught Local Government, Evidence, and Legal Skills and Values III.
Prior to being City Attorney, Mr. Leen worked for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney, where he served as Chief of the Federal Litigation Section and previously as Chief of the Appeals Section. Mr. Leen also has worked in the private sector for such notable firms as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP (Miami), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP (Boston), and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (N.Y.). Mr. Leen also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr. Leen is active in professional committees and associations. He serves as an Executive Council Member of the City, County & Local Government Section of the Florida Bar, as a member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee for Florida (including as Chair of its Drafting and Internal Operating Procedures Subcommittee) and on the Steering Committee for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Mr. Leen is also a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Leen previously served as Vice Chair of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee.
Mr. Leen received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, a Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant for Professor E. Allan Farnsworth in Contracts, and a Research Assistant for Professor Subha Narasimhan in Torts. Mr. Leen received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1997, where he double majored in Government and Economics, and completed the Honors Program for the Department of Government.