POSTED: September 30th 2015

Olympics: LA 2024 announces Brian Nelson as the new legal counsel for the bid

California State Department of Justice General Counsel, Brian E. Nelson, joins Los Angeles 2024 / Brian E. Nelson Twitter
California State Department of Justice General Counsel, Brian E. Nelson, joins Los Angeles 2024 / Brian E. Nelson Twitter

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has named State Department of Justice General Counsel, Brian Nelson, as their legal point of reference. Nelson served in the California Department of Justice, first as a senior policy adviser to Attorney General Kamal Harris and then as the Department's general counsel.

"I volunteered Brian to join this effort because I want it to succeed and his experience guiding large, complex matters in my office is a perfect fit for the important work ahead" said Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California.

Nelson said in a statement, "I strongly support Los Angeles' candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am thrilled to join this conversation about what makes Southern California so special and will do whatever I can to support Los Angeles' candidacy to host the 2024 Games."

Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA 2024 bid added, "Brian's state and federal experience is just what we need to handle the wide range of legal matters affecting the committee.  I am very pleased Brian is bringing his experience and exceptional legal mind to the team."

He is also General Counsel to the Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee, and will work closely with Mayor Garcetti's counsel Rich Llewellyn, deputy counsel Manav Kumar and Proskauer Rose partner Jon Oram on the bid.

Nelson has also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as the National Security Division's deputy chief of staff.  Before this he was an appellate associate with the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. 

He grew up in Upland, California but received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his J.D. from Yale Law School. 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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