• George David Kieffer

    Member, Executive Committee
    Chair, Government and Regulatory Policy
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    Direct: 310.312.4146
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    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1973; clerk/extern,
    David Bazelon, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    University of California, Santa Barbara, History, 1969; Outstanding Male Graduate, 1969.

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    George Kieffer focuses on local, regional and state regulatory matters. He has extensive government contract, regulatory, municipal, land use and administrative law practice experience and oversees major litigation. He regularly represents clients in multiple industries before municipal, county and regional authorities within the Greater Los Angeles area and at the California state level and serves as a special counselor to both middle-market and Fortune 500 companies.

    In 2010, he was named by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals as one of the “Top 100” attorneys in California. In 2000, Mr. Kieffer was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the 100 most influential attorneys in California.

    Mr. Kieffer successfully chaired the City of Los Angeles Appointed Commission charged with rewriting the Los Angeles City Charter. The new City Charter, the first full revision in 75 years, was adopted in 1999. He regularly advises policy makers as well as clients on the application of the City Charter and related policy issues.

    Mr. Kieffer serves on the Board of Regents of the University of California, is former chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and chairs the Los Angeles Civic Alliance. He is the co-founder of FuturePorts, a coalition of business and civic interests supporting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Among other honors, Mr. Kieffer received the Anti-Defamation League’s Jurisprudence Award in 2013 and the Crystal Eagle Award for Public Service from Coro Southern California in 2012.

    Representative Matters

    Representation of a Fortune 500 company in a competitive procurement contract with the City of Los Angeles worth nearly $1 billion in revenues to the City. Representation included strategy and preparation of proposal; appearances before the appropriate commission; successful defense of a formal protest by a competitor; preparation of materials for the City Administrative Officer, Chief Legislative Analyst and City Council; representation before Council Committees and the City Council and award to client.

    Representation of a major airport service provider at LAX in a labor dispute with the SEIU, including SEIU complaints that the company was violating the City of Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance and other work rules. After successfully handling the administrative complaint, was brought in to lead negotiations with the union.

    Brought in by a major construction management firm to successfully settle a contract dispute with Los Angeles World Airports in a matter worth $1.3 billion, avoiding multiple claims and protracted litigation.

    Representation in connection with a $100 million contract with the City of Los Angeles to provide the technology for the Bureau of Sanitation’s waste treatment facility, including a successful defense of a protest by the then current incumbent following 11 hours of hearings, and appearances before Council Committees and the City Council.

    Representation of a national railway company in connection with the development of a proposed $500 million intermodal facility to be built on land owned by the Port of Los Angeles.

    Representation and successful negotiation of a sale of a waste transfer facility to the City of Los Angeles.

    Representation of a competitive energy provider in assessing the likelihood that a City procurement process of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and resulting award to client would survive a protest. After advising the client to go forward, a protest was filed by the competitor’s law firm. Representation included response to protest and hearing before the Board of Public Works. Following the presentations, the protest was denied and the staff recommendation was affirmed by a 5-0 Board vote. City Council approval followed.

    Representation of a large solar project in Kern County, in responding to RFPs issued by PG&E and San Diego Gas & Electric, respectively, seeking bids for renewable energy projects under the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (RPS Program).

    Representation of a large wind energy project in Wyoming with City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). The company is seeking contracts with various utilities to provide wind energy.

    Representation of a major telecommunications company in facilitating deployment of its broadband system in the City of Los Angeles, including work with the Board of Public Works and the Department of Water and Power.

    Representation of a major automobile manufacturer in regulatory matters before the California Air Resources Board.

    Representation of foreign air carriers regarding resolution of issues at Los Angeles World Airports.

    Representation of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce with respect to proposed state legislation affecting the Mayor’s authority under the Los Angeles City Charter. Was retained upon recommendation of Mayor’s office to protect mayoral authority under the Charter and consistent with Chamber view.

    Successfully negotiated a claim by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission against an officer of a major corporation.

    Formation and representation of an association of airline service providers before Los Angeles World Airports.

    Representation of a major provider of rail services before the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

    Representation of a major provider of waste services in connection with a City of Los Angeles RFP process; litigation analysis on separate matters and general business advice.

    Advice and counsel to multiple companies with respect to state and local statutory and regulatory matters.

    Honors & Awards

    Jurisprudence Award, The Anti-Defamation League’s Centennial Gala Celebration, December 10, 2013.

    Public Service Award, The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles, 31st Annual Awards Dinner, May 31, 2012.

    Crystal Eagle Award for Public Service, Coro Southern California, 37th Annual Crystal Eagle Awards Gala, March 28, 2012.

    Named one of the “Top 100” lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal, 2010.

    “Spirit of Excellence Award for Civic Leadership,” Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, October 2005.

    Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, California Law Business (published by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal), 2000.

    “Social Responsibility Award,” Los Angeles Urban League, October 1999.


    Quoted, “Civic group asks for outside committee on L.A. superintendent search,” Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2015.

    Quoted, “Firms lay groundwork for Special Olympics,” Daily Journal, July 21, 2015.

    Contributing author, Governing Public Colleges & Universities, Jossey-Bass, c. 1993.

    The Strategy of Meetings, published by Simon & Schuster (hardback) and by Warner Books (paperback), 1988. The book has been published in five languages.

    Numerous articles and opinion pieces.

    Numerous compositions and songs, including “Arlington,” composed for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and "Fanfare for the Special Olympics" and "The Special Now," performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.

    Board Member, The Regents of the University of California.

    Chair, Los Angeles Civic Alliance.

    Member, Los Angeles Urban League Emeritus Board.

    Member, Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce; member and former Chair, Education Committee.

    Member, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee of the Central City Association of Los Angeles.

    Member, Board of Directors, Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

    Member, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Co-Founder, Member, Board of Directors, FuturePorts.

    Memberships & Activities – Previous

    Member, Board of Directors, ProAmérica Bank.

    President, Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

    Member, Alumni Regent, Board of Regents, University of California.

    Member, Blue Ribbon Commission for the Review of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education.

    President, University of California at Santa Barbara, Alumni Association.

    Trustee and Chairman of the University of California at Santa Barbara Foundation.

    Founding Board Member, California Community College Foundation.

    Chair, City of Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.

    Member, Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Vice Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Urban League.

    Chair, Mayor’s Los Angeles 9/11 Economic Impact Task Force.

    Chair, Mayor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

    Chair and Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Speaking Engagements

    Panelist, “Making Sense of DWP Reform,” California State University of Los Angeles, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, March 29, 2016.