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Veteran L.A. lawyer becomes counsel to Villaraigosa

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced the selection of veteran attorney Brian Currey, who served on two police reform panels in the wake of Los Angeles Police Department scandals, as the mayor’s new legal counsel.

Currey, a partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, earlier this decade represented L.A. when the city sued the federal government over the U.S. Census count. He also had worked for former mayors including Tom Bradley and James K. Hahn.

“His unique combination of litigation experience handling diverse civil matters and service to the city of Los Angeles will make him invaluable to the city as we face complex public policy and budgetary decisions,” Villaraigosa said in a statement released this afternoon.

Currey served as the counsel to the Christopher Commission following the 1991 police beating of Rodney G. King and subsequent riots, and also was appointed to Los Angeles County Bar Assn. task force after the LAPD’s Rampart Division scandal.

Along with being Villaraigosa’s chief legal advisor, Currey will be the mayor’s top ethics officer.

The mayor’s former counsel, Thomas Saenz, left City Hall after he was named president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in July.

-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall

Comments () | Archives (3)

why can't our public officials find new young blood to run the city instead of outsted once held a office want-a-bes who will not move on. in reality its the same system with the same people running the place,give us new blood and new thoughts instead of moving everyone around the house.And what will be his salary out the roof maybe!?

This Mayor is going to need a good Attorney. But on Taxpayers Dime?

Who give a crap what Tony Villar does, picks, says, or thinks.


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