Office History

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office was created by an act of the California State Legislature on Feb. 27, 1850. There have been 43 District Attorneys who have served the county, starting with William C. Ferrell. You may learn more about each District Attorney below.

Steve Cooley

2000 - 2012

Steve Cooley joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1973 as a law clerk. He became a deputy district attorney later that year.

Jackie Lacey

2012 - 2020

District Attorney Jackie Lacey was the first woman and first African American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

George Gascón


George Gascón is the 43rd District Attorney for Los Angeles County.

He took office on Dec. 7, 2020, and immediately instituted a series of policies based on science, data and research to bring change within the criminal legal system. He is working to build a national model of criminal justice reform that supports and restores crime victims and survivors while addressing mass incarceration, racism and social systemic inequities. Throughout these historic reforms, public safety has been the overriding priority.