Brian Nelson is Vice President and General Counsel of the Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee, the candidature committee coordinating Los Angeles’ candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Just prior to joining the candidature committee, Mr. Nelson was General Counsel of the California Department of Justice. In that capacity, Mr. Nelson served on the California Attorney General’s senior executive staff, directly advising Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the chief lawyer for the people of California, on the Department’s most significant litigation, legal and policy matters. He joined the Department as a Special Assistant Attorney General overseeing a policy portfolio that included consumer, environmental, civil rights and education issues.
Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, Mr. Nelson served in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as the Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security and then as the National Security Division’s Deputy Chief of Staff. In these roles, Mr. Nelson spearheaded priority projects within the National Security Division, provided counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and worked closely with the Chief of Staff to manage the National Security Division’s daily operations.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Nelson served in private practice as an appellate associate with the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nelson began his career as a law clerk to William A. Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Louis H. Pollak on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow and a book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal.