Coral Gables Lead City Attorney is Acosta’s pick for OFCCP Director
Coral Gables Florida’s chief legal officer and general counsel, Craig Leen, age 42, has been selected by Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to join Acosta in Washington D.C. and it appears for the purposes becoming the new Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), although not yet confirmed. Acosta met Leen while he was the dean of the law school at Florida International University (FIU). At FIU, Leen was a part-time adjunct law professor where he taught Local Government, Evidence and Legal Skills and Values III.
Leen is board certified by the Florida Bar in city, county and local government law. He also served as a volunteer adjunct professor for the University Of Miami School Of Law, where he taught State & Local Government Law and Real Property & Government.
In 2011, Leen was appointed city attorney where he gained national attention for suing high-profile corporations. In August 2017, Coral Gables sued Facebook and Instagram seeking posting information about videos from Gables groups falsely alleging police brutality in the city. The video footage used was actually from a police incident in Seattle.
Prior to being City Attorney, 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. Leen also worked in the private sector in Miami, Boston and New York. His legal career began as a Law Clerk to a U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 2000 and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Leen is not affiliated with either party. While in the Miami area, he and his wife, Ana, a child psychiatrist, were active in promoting inclusion for people with autism as both of their children have autism.