The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has been selected to receive the American Bar Association’s 13th Annual Jefferson Fordham Law Office Accomplishment Award for State and Local Governmental Law Offices.

The award was established to recognize and honor the accomplishment of practitioners and institutions that are active nationwide in various areas of practice associated with state and local government law.

The award was presented at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco Aug. 6 by the ABA’s Section on State and Local Government Law.

“We are all honored by the award and the recognition of the good work done by members of the office,” City Attorney Marsha Moutrie said. “We are even more honored to be able to serve the public and this special city everyday.”

In honoring the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, the ABA noted that the office “has been uniquely instrumental and successful in focusing state and national attention on the threat posed by MtBE contamination of drinking water supplies and establishing regulatory standards and ultimately getting MtBE banned as a gasoline additive, while at the same time handling an unusually diverse set of other legal issues for the city of Santa Monica.” Altogether, through the efforts of the City Attorney’s Office and other city departments, the city of Santa Monica will have recovered approximately $325 million from the MtBE and the PCE/TCE contamination settlements, according to the office.

As also noted by the ABA, the achievements of the City Attorney’s Office “whether in obtaining remarkable recoveries for drinking water contamination or in its other significant accomplishments represent truly outstanding governmental law office performance.”

The office, led by Moutrie, consists of 43 employees, 24 of whom are attorneys. The office provides a broad array of legal services to the city of Santa Monica.

Among the office’s responsibilities each year are litigating about 200 civil cases, handling about 5,000 misdemeanor cases, prosecuting about 5,000 cases, and drafting hundreds of contracts and dozens of ordinances.

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