In its second annual edition of “The Los Angeles 500: The Most Influential People in Los Angeles,” the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Manatt’s Kathleen Brown, George Kieffer and Lisa Specht among a list of the city’s leaders across entertainment, sports, technology, banking, government and more. The three are profiled alongside legendary Angelinos including Disney CEO Bob Iger, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, philanthropists Eli Broad and Wallis Annenberg, and sports business icon Magic Johnson.
The publication says,
“A former California state treasurer with nearly two decades of experience as a senior bank executive, Kathleen Brown concentrates on business counseling, government, and regulatory affairs in connection with the health care, energy, real estate, and financial services industries. Prior to joining Manatt, Brown served in senior executive positions at Goldman Sachs Inc. and Bank of America. A former Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, Brown has extensive experience in the public sector.”
“George Kieffer, a partner in the government and regulatory practice at Manatt, uses his legal skill and extensive knowledge of Los Angeles in particular to counsel clients on local, regional, and state regulatory matters in California. He is a special counselor to both middle-market and Fortune 500 companies, representing clients from multiple industries. The chair of Manatt’s government and regulatory policy practice, he is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. Kieffer successfully chaired the appointed commission charged with rewriting the charter of the city of Los Angeles. He regularly advises policymakers, as well as clients, on the application of the charter and related policy issues. He is a regent of the University of California.”
“Lisa Specht has extensive experience representing a variety of national and California-based companies, and providing strategic advice and representation on significant government contract, business, transportation, land-use, and public-policy issues. Her particular expertise involves assisting clients at the intersection of law, business, and government. She has chaired the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and she served as a city of Los Angeles recreation and parks commissioner. She also served in 2000 as chief counsel for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and is currently chairwoman of the Music Center Board.”
The publication’s CEO and publisher, Anna Magzanyan, said that this year’s list “again profiles the people in Los Angeles who make an impact…This year’s edition continues and advances our tradition of offering readers a publication presenting the region’s leaders—its dealmakers, financiers, visionaries, and grinders.”