Craig E. Leen
Professorial Lecturer in Law
Craig E. Leen is an experienced attorney, administrator, and academic, who has served in government at the federal, county, and municipal levels, as well as in the private sector. Mr. Leen is a partner in the Washington, DC office of K&L Gates LLP, where he is in the Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice group. He recently served in the U.S. Department of Labor as the former Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), where he led a premier civil rights enforcement agency, reporting directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Labor.
Prior to moving to Washington, Mr. Leen served as City Attorney of the City of Coral Gables, where he was the general counsel and chief legal officer for a full-service municipality in Florida. He was previously the Chief of the Appeals Section and then Chief of the Federal Litigation Section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where he was a counsel of record in 50 federal civil rights cases and handled many appeals at the federal and state level.
Mr. Leen previously taught classes in numerous subjects at the Florida International University College of Law and University of Miami School of Law and has published articles in the Stetson Law Review and FIU Law Review, as well as other publications. He also served as faculty lead for an issue of the FIU Law Review in 2017.
Mr. Leen was previously an associate at several international law firms and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, US District Judge, District of Massachusetts. He is active in committees of the Florida Bar, including having served as Vice Chair of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and Vice Chair of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee. Mr. Leen is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is board certified by the Florida Bar in city, county, and local government law.