Craig R. Young
Craig R. Young

Craig R. Young

Of Counsel

Office: Orange County T: 714.852.6800
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Craig R. Young is a successful attorney, businessman, and community leader. His law practice parallels his public service. As Chairman of the Board to California’s largest tolling highway system (F/E TCA) and as Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda he has fought to protect residents’ quality of life, make government operate more efficiently, and increase government transparency. His top priority has been to assure the City operates financially within its means, both from a short-term cash flow perspective and in regard to funding long-term liabilities.  He has served in key leadership positions and demonstrated his financial acumen across industries like banking, education, medical, and real estate. He has also spent much of this time building teams of volunteers and raising millions of privately funded dollars for the schools and hospitals he supports.

Over the last 33 years, he has served as vice president of a national bank, university professor teaching business ethics and negotiation strategies, president of the university’s foundation, president of a financial services firm assisting family businesses, CFO to a hospital foundation, and church elder and a pastor. His leadership includes extensive service on private and public boards, helping to empower without interfering in the responsibilities of staff.

TEACHING

Craig enjoyed teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as an adjunct professor teaching Business Ethics and Advanced Negotiation Strategies at Vanguard University of Southern California. This was a part-time role in conjunction with his serving as President of the University Foundation. Craig has also been featured at many continuing education forums teaching estate and financial planning strategies for attorneys, CPAs, and the insurance industry.

Memberships: 
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, all four Federal District Courts in California
  • CA Depart. of Insurance – Licensed Life and Health, expired
  • CA Depart. of Real Estate – Expired license
  • FINRA – Licensed Series 7 and 66, expired
  • Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda

Boards:

  • Association of California Cities/OC - Vice Chair Pension Reform Committee
  • Children’s Hospital of OC – Professional Advisory Council
  • Four Corners Coalition - Member City Rep.
  • La Habra Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • Lincoln Club of OC - Vice Chair, Local Elections Committee
  • Marshall Ketchum University, School of Physician Assistants Studies - Adv. Board Member
  • North Orange County Interjurisdictions Planning Forum for Growth Management - Delegate
  • Orange County Council of Governments - Delegate
  • OC Fire Authority - Board Member (alt)
  • OC GOP - Central Committee Member (alt)
  • OC Transportation Authority - Citizens Adv. Committee
  • OC Vector Control Agency - Board Member
  • Richfield Comm. Church - Past Elder and Treasurer
  • St. Joseph Hospital Leadership Council - Past Adv. Board Member
  • Southern California Association of Governments - Delegate
  • Transportation Corridor Agency - Board Member
  • Vanguard Univ. Foundation - Past President and Adv. Board Member
  • WestMed Health Foundation - Past Officer and Adv. Board Member
  • YL Chamber of Commerce – Member and Board Delegate
  • YL Country Club - Member Association President
Education: 
  • J.D., Western State University College of Law, 1988
  • B.S.L., Western State University College of Law, 1986
  • Vanguard University of Southern California, graduate studies in Theology
  • Westmont College, undergraduate studies in Business and Religious Studies
Bar Admissions: 

State Bar of California

Other Publications:

  • Finance: Council Decision to Invest 50% of Reserves Saves Millions, October 2013
  • Education: AB1266: Don’t call it partisan…don’t you dare. August 2013
  • Entitlements: Choosing Battles: Local Control, State Mandate and Knowing the Difference. August 2013
  • Entitlements: Let’s breathe some CA AIR back into America. July 2013
  • Overview

    Craig R. Young is a successful attorney, businessman, and community leader. His law practice parallels his public service. As Chairman of the Board to California’s largest tolling highway system (F/E TCA) and as Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda he has fought to protect residents’ quality of life, make government operate more efficiently, and increase government transparency. His top priority has been to assure the City operates financially within its means, both from a short-term cash flow perspective and in regard to funding long-term liabilities.  He has served in key leadership positions and demonstrated his financial acumen across industries like banking, education, medical, and real estate. He has also spent much of this time building teams of volunteers and raising millions of privately funded dollars for the schools and hospitals he supports.

    Over the last 33 years, he has served as vice president of a national bank, university professor teaching business ethics and negotiation strategies, president of the university’s foundation, president of a financial services firm assisting family businesses, CFO to a hospital foundation, and church elder and a pastor. His leadership includes extensive service on private and public boards, helping to empower without interfering in the responsibilities of staff.

    TEACHING

    Craig enjoyed teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as an adjunct professor teaching Business Ethics and Advanced Negotiation Strategies at Vanguard University of Southern California. This was a part-time role in conjunction with his serving as President of the University Foundation. Craig has also been featured at many continuing education forums teaching estate and financial planning strategies for attorneys, CPAs, and the insurance industry.

  • Practices / Industries
  • Memberships
    Memberships: 
    • Member, State Bar of California
    • Member, all four Federal District Courts in California
    • CA Depart. of Insurance – Licensed Life and Health, expired
    • CA Depart. of Real Estate – Expired license
    • FINRA – Licensed Series 7 and 66, expired
    • Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda

    Boards:

    • Association of California Cities/OC - Vice Chair Pension Reform Committee
    • Children’s Hospital of OC – Professional Advisory Council
    • Four Corners Coalition - Member City Rep.
    • La Habra Chamber of Commerce - Member
    • Lincoln Club of OC - Vice Chair, Local Elections Committee
    • Marshall Ketchum University, School of Physician Assistants Studies - Adv. Board Member
    • North Orange County Interjurisdictions Planning Forum for Growth Management - Delegate
    • Orange County Council of Governments - Delegate
    • OC Fire Authority - Board Member (alt)
    • OC GOP - Central Committee Member (alt)
    • OC Transportation Authority - Citizens Adv. Committee
    • OC Vector Control Agency - Board Member
    • Richfield Comm. Church - Past Elder and Treasurer
    • St. Joseph Hospital Leadership Council - Past Adv. Board Member
    • Southern California Association of Governments - Delegate
    • Transportation Corridor Agency - Board Member
    • Vanguard Univ. Foundation - Past President and Adv. Board Member
    • WestMed Health Foundation - Past Officer and Adv. Board Member
    • YL Chamber of Commerce – Member and Board Delegate
    • YL Country Club - Member Association President
  • Education/Admissions
    Education: 
    • J.D., Western State University College of Law, 1988
    • B.S.L., Western State University College of Law, 1986
    • Vanguard University of Southern California, graduate studies in Theology
    • Westmont College, undergraduate studies in Business and Religious Studies
    Bar Admissions: 

    State Bar of California

  • Publications

    Other Publications:

    • Finance: Council Decision to Invest 50% of Reserves Saves Millions, October 2013
    • Education: AB1266: Don’t call it partisan…don’t you dare. August 2013
    • Entitlements: Choosing Battles: Local Control, State Mandate and Knowing the Difference. August 2013
    • Entitlements: Let’s breathe some CA AIR back into America. July 2013
  • News

Overview

Craig R. Young is a successful attorney, businessman, and community leader. His law practice parallels his public service. As Chairman of the Board to California’s largest tolling highway system (F/E TCA) and as Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda he has fought to protect residents’ quality of life, make government operate more efficiently, and increase government transparency. His top priority has been to assure the City operates financially within its means, both from a short-term cash flow perspective and in regard to funding long-term liabilities.  He has served in key leadership positions and demonstrated his financial acumen across industries like banking, education, medical, and real estate. He has also spent much of this time building teams of volunteers and raising millions of privately funded dollars for the schools and hospitals he supports.

Over the last 33 years, he has served as vice president of a national bank, university professor teaching business ethics and negotiation strategies, president of the university’s foundation, president of a financial services firm assisting family businesses, CFO to a hospital foundation, and church elder and a pastor. His leadership includes extensive service on private and public boards, helping to empower without interfering in the responsibilities of staff.

TEACHING

Craig enjoyed teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as an adjunct professor teaching Business Ethics and Advanced Negotiation Strategies at Vanguard University of Southern California. This was a part-time role in conjunction with his serving as President of the University Foundation. Craig has also been featured at many continuing education forums teaching estate and financial planning strategies for attorneys, CPAs, and the insurance industry.

Practices / Industries

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Memberships

Memberships: 
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, all four Federal District Courts in California
  • CA Depart. of Insurance – Licensed Life and Health, expired
  • CA Depart. of Real Estate – Expired license
  • FINRA – Licensed Series 7 and 66, expired
  • Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda

Boards:

  • Association of California Cities/OC - Vice Chair Pension Reform Committee
  • Children’s Hospital of OC – Professional Advisory Council
  • Four Corners Coalition - Member City Rep.
  • La Habra Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • Lincoln Club of OC - Vice Chair, Local Elections Committee
  • Marshall Ketchum University, School of Physician Assistants Studies - Adv. Board Member
  • North Orange County Interjurisdictions Planning Forum for Growth Management - Delegate
  • Orange County Council of Governments - Delegate
  • OC Fire Authority - Board Member (alt)
  • OC GOP - Central Committee Member (alt)
  • OC Transportation Authority - Citizens Adv. Committee
  • OC Vector Control Agency - Board Member
  • Richfield Comm. Church - Past Elder and Treasurer
  • St. Joseph Hospital Leadership Council - Past Adv. Board Member
  • Southern California Association of Governments - Delegate
  • Transportation Corridor Agency - Board Member
  • Vanguard Univ. Foundation - Past President and Adv. Board Member
  • WestMed Health Foundation - Past Officer and Adv. Board Member
  • YL Chamber of Commerce – Member and Board Delegate
  • YL Country Club - Member Association President

Education/Admissions

Education: 
  • J.D., Western State University College of Law, 1988
  • B.S.L., Western State University College of Law, 1986
  • Vanguard University of Southern California, graduate studies in Theology
  • Westmont College, undergraduate studies in Business and Religious Studies
Bar Admissions: 

State Bar of California

Publications

Other Publications:

  • Finance: Council Decision to Invest 50% of Reserves Saves Millions, October 2013
  • Education: AB1266: Don’t call it partisan…don’t you dare. August 2013
  • Entitlements: Choosing Battles: Local Control, State Mandate and Knowing the Difference. August 2013
  • Entitlements: Let’s breathe some CA AIR back into America. July 2013