Michael R.W. Houston is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Tejon Ranch Co.
Houston joined the company from the City of Anaheim, where he served as City Attorney from 2013 – 2016. His background involves extensive experience in corporate governance, municipal law, real estate, land use and environmental issues.
In Anaheim, Houston was heavily involved in land use issues, including a $1.5 billion public private partnership with Disney, the issuance of $300 million in bond financing to expand the Anaheim Convention Center, and negotiations regarding extending the lease for a professional sports team at Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
Houston’s areas of legal practice have included: Municipal/Public Agency Law; Corporate/Nonprofit Governance; Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental; and Political Law & Government Ethics. Prior to joining Anaheim, he also served as outside General Counsel for the Anaheim Transportation Network and the 38,000-member California Rifle & Pistol Associate, a nonprofit advocacy agency. Houston was a partner at the Newport Beach, CA-based law firm of Cummins & White from 2011 to 2013, and prior to that, was a partner at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Costa Mesa, CA.
Houston earned a bachelors degree from Chapman University and his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law.