Tragic Accident Claims Life of L.A. County Judge

A Los Angeles County judge suffered a tragic end last Monday when he was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in the Pico-Robertson area of West Los Angeles.

Daniel L. Brenner, 64, is being remembered by colleagues as a “brilliant” jurist with an impeccable character in the aftermath of his untimely death. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012, while working as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells LLP. He had previous spent 17 years as the vice president of the regulatory department at the National Cable and Telecommunications Assn. and had once served as a top advisor to the chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

In his spare time, Brenner enjoyed stand-up comedy and often made the rounds at clubs across the United States. He even taught a comedy program at UCLA extension for a period of time. He was also an adjunct professor at USC’s Gould School of Law and had formerly served as director of the communications law program at UCLA.

Brenner was struck at approximately 6:10 p.m. while walking West on Beverwill drive. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Police have said the judge was not using the crosswalk at the time. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is not under criminal investigation.

Read more about Judge Daniel L. Brenner’s passing here.

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