On August 18, 2017, Mr. Mais will be honored at a public reception during the State Bar’s Section Convention in San Diego. The Public Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes Mr. Mais as an exceptional attorney who has dedicated the past 32 years to public service.
“The selection of Michael Mais as the 2017 Public Lawyer of the Year embodies the ideal public lawyer as one who has dedicated a career to providing advice to his clients on a broad range of legal issues while maintaining his ethics and his sense of humor.” said John Appelbaum, Chair of the Public Law Section. “From the seaport to the City’s airport and everything in between, Mike’s career reflects the diversity of legal challenges facing a public lawyer and has successfully relied upon that experience to serve as a mentor and role model to younger attorneys new to the field of public law.”
Mr. Mais began his career in the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s office as an attorney in 1979 and has been employed by the Long Beach City Attorney’s office since 1985, where he has served as Assistant City Attorney since 2003. In his current capacity, Mr. Mais oversees all four departments in the Long Beach City Attorney’s office which includes: Litigation, Departmental Counsel, Workers’ Compensation and Harbor and is well-known for his sound and practical advice to all of his clients.
“Mike has more than exemplified the quintessential city attorney by going above and beyond to serve not only the City of Long Beach but by acting as a role model for others as to what a city attorney should be. His longevity with the city demonstrates his extraordinary commitment to both the practice of law and the City of Long Beach,” said Long Beach City Attorney Charles Parkin.
Mr. Mais received his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctor from University of San Diego. He is a member of the California State Bar Association (Public and Environmental Law sections) and the Long Beach Bar Association as well as Past President of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (CAALAC). In his spare time, he finds time to work with local youth as a mock trial coach and serves on the Board of Directors for Young Horizons, a nonprofit organization working to provide affordable child care for low income families in the Long Beach area.