Kevin James was a former Mayoral candidate who spent time with more than 50 of the City's neighborhood councils as part of his campaign. That experience will be useful as he segues to the President of Board of Public Works Commission.
Beginning his legal career almost 25 years ago in Los Angeles, James has worked for several firms, most recently for Lavely & Singer, where he was an entertainment litigator with a broad practice from right of publicity to accounting/profit participation cases.
James also served for a time as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice, prosecuting both criminal and civil actions. He received the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys 1992 Director's Award for Superior Performance, presented by then US Attorney General Janet Reno.
In parallel to his legal career, James also has worked as a broadcaster. He started as an on-air legal analyst on Court TV, but then transitioned to radio about 10 years ago, at first to provide his legal expertise. He transitioned in 2005 into the role of host of a local issues talk show that focused on City Hall. He most recently spearheaded "The Kevin James Show" on 870 KRLA (AM 870).
James donates his time and legal expertise to local charities, including the AIDS Project Los Angeles, of which he was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. James also served on the boards for Operation Progress, working with LAPD to identify South LA's most promising at-risk young students and awarding them with full scholarships from second grade through college, and First-in-Fire Foundation that supports the LAFD.
After growing up in Texas, James completed his accounting degree at the University of Oklahoma before pursuing his law degree at the University of Houston College of Law.