Distinguished Public Lawyer Award
The Public Lawyers Section established the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award in 1990 to recognize the work and dedication of outstanding public attorneys.
A public attorney is a licensed attorney who: (1) works for a government agency (federal, state or local) or nonprofit legal aid office; or (2) provides legal services to a government agency or agencies where legal services provided amount to at least 50% of the attorney's legal practice.
Nominees must have at least five (5) years of experience as a public attorney and exhibit a dedication and commitment to public service and the public practice of law. Nominees may also distinguish themselves by making significant contributions that aid in the operation of government or by demonstrating extraordinary leadership, initiative, or innovation in the performance of their duties. Elected public officials are not eligible for this award.
LUIS SANTAELLA graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1999. He began his legal career working as a Deputy City Attorney/City Prosecutor in Nogales, Arizona. He has been with the Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office since 2001.
Luis started his career with the City of Scottsdale as an Assistant City Prosecutor, then became an Assistant City Attorney, and subsequently was promoted to Senior Assistant City Attorney. He currently represents various City departments including the Police and Fire Departments. During his tenure with the City of Scottsdale he has received several awards, including a Community Policing Award. He has been instrumental in the enactment of various City ordinances that have helped protect and enhance the City’s quality of life.
Luis is a member of the Public Lawyers Section and serves on the Executive Council and is a past chair. He is also a former president of the Arizona Law Enforcement Legal Advisors Association.
The award has been presented to:
Hon. Bob Corbin
||James G. Blake
||William J. Ekstrom, Jr.
||Lois T. Kermott
||Bradford C. Detrick
||T. Michael Andrews
||Cameron H. Holmes
Patrick J. Schneider
||Thomas J. Rankin
||Joseph A. Kanefield