On July 27, 2021, William Briggs, a partner in Venable’s Commercial Litigation Practice, was appointed president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Mr. Briggs was nominated to the commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti in November 2020 and has served as vice president since being confirmed by the City Council in December.
Mr. Briggs is a leading trial lawyer and civil litigator with extensive experience providing counsel to some of the most recognizable names in the film, television, music, and sports industries. He has received numerous accolades for his work in the entertainment industry, including being named a Most Influential Minority Attorney and Top Litigator & Trial Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was also recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as a Power Lawyer and by Billboard as a Top Music Lawyer.
Beyond his legal practice, Mr. Briggs is heavily involved in civic and community affairs. In 2014, Mayor Garcetti appointed him as commissioner for the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System, where he was responsible for overseeing the pension and disability benefits for city employees. Mr. Briggs also served as a trustee on the Sierra Canyon School Board of Directors and has provided pro bono legal services to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation and to the Alliance for Children’s Rights.
The appointment was covered by the Los Angeles Times.