University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D., Class of 1992
A.B., cum laude, Class of 1988
California State Bar, 1992
Elizabeth M. Calciano
Elizabeth M. Calciano currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Chino Hills and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Monterey Park. In recent years she has also served as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Rolling Hills and Monterey Park, as Assistant General Counsel to the Westside Cities Council of Governments and as special counsel for the City of Long Beach. She has experience with a wide range of municipal law issues, including land use, environmental, open meeting, public records and conflict of interest laws. Ms. Calciano’s practice includes advisory work, the prosecution of municipal code violations, and civil litigation.
Ms. Calciano served as President of the City Attorneys' Association of Los Angeles County in 2016 and on the Executive Committee from 2013-2017. She also served on the League of California Cities, City Attorney’s Department Editorial Review Committee that in 2016 published the updated Guide For Local Agency Counsel: Providing Conflict of Interest Advice. She served on the League of California Cities, City Attorney’s Department FPPC Committee from 2012-14. Ms. Calciano was recognized as a 2014 Top Attorney in Pasadena Magazine.
Ms. Calciano has over twenty-five years of legal experience. She began her career in municipal law working for six years at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP. During that time she served as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Chino Hills (1995-1997) and Lomita (1995-1996), Assistant General Counsel for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (1994-1996) and Acting Assistant City Attorney for the City of Glendora (1997). In 1998, Ms. Calciano began what became a long sabbatical representing abused and neglected children at all stages of juvenile dependency proceedings by joining the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. There she developed her trial practice, and handled more than one hundred trials and over five hundred formal mediations. She served as a Legislative Deputy for Children and Education for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina in 2006, during which time she advised Supervisor Molina on legislative issues impacting children and worked with County department heads to improve the condition of children throughout the County of Los Angeles. Ms. Calciano returned to the field of municipal law in 2007 at Jenkins & Hogin, LLP, serving as Assistant City Attorney for Chino Hills (2012-present), Rolling Hills (2009-2012), Monterey Park (2009-2012) and Assistant General Counsel to the Westside Cities Council of Governments (2010-2014). She transitioned to HLG when it was formed in 2014.
Ms. Calciano has given the following presentations in recent years:
- "Responding to Subpoenas and Public Records Act Requests" - California Law Enforcement Association of Records Supervisors (CLEARS) - Southern Chapter - December 3, 2014 (co-presented with her colleague David H. King)
- “What’s New at the FPPC” - Tri-Counties Local Government Attorneys Association – February 27, 2014 and the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County – January 23, 2014
- “The Public Records Act for Law Enforcement: The Nitty Gritty” - CLEARS Conference – Region III - May 10, 2012 and CCUG Southern Chapter Meeting/Training – June 12, 2012
- “How to Prosecute a Code Enforcement Case – Ethics, Warrants and Administrative Citations (Part II)” - City Attorney’s Department, League of California Cities – 2010
- “Code Enforcement Update” - Annual Conference of California Association of Code Enforcement Officers – 200
- “The Ins and Outs of Conflicts And Public Notice” (Panel) - American Planning Association, California Chapter, Annual Conference – 2008
In addition to her law practice, policy work and publications, Ms. Calciano has served on numerous boards and task forces. She served as President of the Barristers of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2002 to 2003 and served on the Barristers Executive Committee for many years prior. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2004 to 2006, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel from 2000 to 2003. She served as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Juvenile Courts Task Force from 1999 to 2002 and has also served as a member of the board of directors of several nonprofit charitable organizations. She has also been active in leadership of Holy Family Church parish committees in South Pasadena, including having served as Chair of the Safeguard the Children Committee (2011-2015), Co-Chair of the Parish-School Security Task Force (2013-2015) and Chair of the Toddler Co-Op (2005-2006).
Ms. Calciano and her husband Tom Fagan have three sons. Consequently, she is also knowledgeable in matters pertaining to Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.