LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles-based law firm Glaser Weil announced that Joseph Brajevich has joined the firm’s Government & Regulatory Group. Mr. Brajevich brings a blend of private and public sector experience to the practice, working proactively with clients to develop and implement effective strategies to navigate the complexities of operating within governmental and regulatory litigation. His more than two decades of experience encompasses general operation issues including drafting, advocacy, lobbying, developing interest group support and community collation building.
“Joe’s high caliber, distinguished track record is exactly what we look for when adding to our team, particularly in our growth areas of water, alternative energies and land development,” says Glaser Weil Managing Partner Peter Weil. “He will be a great asset to our expanding Government & Regulatory Group.”
Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Mr. Brajevich was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles where for 7 years he served as Assistant General Counsel for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest municipal utility with an operating budget of more than five billion dollars. In addition to managing the day-to-day legal operations of LADWP, Mr. Brajevich was responsible for formulating and implementing the legal strategies pertaining to LADWP’s renewable energy portfolio, alternative energy developments, high stakes litigation, facility upgrades, regulatory issues, labor relations, environmental matters and water supply and distribution issues. He also played an integral role in developing LADWP’s external communication strategies.
“Glaser Weil has vast experience navigating businesses and individuals through the state’s complex legislative and regulatory systems,” Mr. Brajevich commented. “My skills and practice are well matched with the firm’s already thriving Government & Regulatory practice.”
Prior to his work the LADWP, Mr. Brajevich served as counsel to the Port of Los Angeles, working on intricate projects such as terminal construction, terminal leasing, property development and clean air standards. In tandem with his counterparts at the Port of Long Beach, he formulated and implemented clean air policies that benefited both facilities in an effort to improve environmental standards.
Mr. Brajevich also has extensive experience in private practice, where he has represented both private and governmental entities in litigation, transactions and labor issues in connection with local government agencies. In his private practice, his diverse clientele included industrial giants like Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, project development companies and cargo transporters.
Prior to law school, Mr. Brajevich served as the Legislative Analyst for the Governor of California in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on environmental and business issues.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and was a member of the UCLA crew team. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School where he also served as the Associated Student Body President.