Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Ex-DWP Head Nahai Joins Lewis Brisbois as Partner
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith yesterday announced H. David Nahai, former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has joined its office as a partner.
Nahai will balance his duties as co-chair of the firm’s energy, environmental and water practice and real estate practice with the operation of his consulting company and his position as a senior advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative, a Lewis Brisbois spokesperson said.
The attorney stepped down as chief executive officer of the LADWP in October after a tumultuous two years and a string of infrastructure failures, including a highly publicized water main break that ate a fire truck.
Nahai had spent two years on the five-member, volunteer Board of Water and Power Commissioners, which oversees the DWP, before Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa tapped him to take the reins of the nation’s largest municipally owned utility. He served as the board’s vice president in 2005 and as president in 2006.
Additionally, Nahai served over 10years as a member of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, serving three terms as its chair. The Iranian-born attorney attended the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley’s law school before being admitted to the State Bar in 1979.
In other news, the Los Angeles trusts and estates litigation firm Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise LLP announced that partner Margaret Lodise would serve as chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s 6,000-member Trusts & Estates Section this year, after having served as vice chair for the past year. Lodise is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, past chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and a former president of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles.
She serves on the Board of Trustees of Pomona College, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law.
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