Resume

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

1980  Central District, California

1979  State Bar of California

1976  Bar of England and Wales

 

EMPLOYMENT

LEWIS, BRISBOIS, BISGAARD & SMITH (September 2010-Present)

Partner

and Co-Chair of National Energy, Water, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Section

DAVID NAHAI ASSOCIATES, INC. (January 2010-August 2010)

President

David Nahai Associates, Inc. specialized in real estate, environmental, commercial, water and energy law

DAVID NAHAI CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC (January 2010-Present)

President

David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC advises and assists private and public entities involved in the environmental sector, with particular emphasis on water conservation and management, wastewater treatment and recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste to energy matters. The firm draws on David Nahai’s unique and extensive experience as the Chairman of the California Regional Water Board, President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners, CEO of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative.

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER (LADWP) (2007-2009)

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager

Nahai was nominated as LADWP’s CEO by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the City Council in 2007. He served on the LADWP Board of Commissioners prior to becoming CEO. He was appointed to the Board in 2005 and became Board President in 2006.  Nahai led an overall transformation of the LADWP that included the unprecedented expansion of the utility’s renewable energy portfolio; the origination and execution of the City’s groundbreaking Water Supply Plan; the attainment of historic reductions in water consumption in the City; the realization of record breaking energy efficiency levels; and the launch and implementation of water and power infrastructure improvement programs. Under his leadership, the LADWP increased its renewable energy portfolio from 3 percent in 2005 to around 15 percent by the end of 2009, and achieved the completion of Pine Tree, the nation’s largest municipally owned wind farm, and the Lower Owens River Project, viewed as the most extensive river restoration program in the United States. Additionally, Nahai oversaw the creation of the Los Angeles Solar Plan, the most ambitious solar program of any municipal utility in the U.S.  Under Nahai’s leadership, LADWP garnered numerous environmental awards, including the 2008 Climate Change Leadership Award from Green California and the 2009 Los Angeles Heritage Award from Project Restore.

NAHAI LAW CORPORATION (1992 -2007)

President

STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN (1987-1992)

Partner

Real Estate Department

MEMEL, JACOBS, & ELLSWORTH (1981-1987)

Partner (Since February 1985)

Real Estate Department

LOEB & LOEB (1979-1981)

Associate

Real Estate Department and Business Department

BARRISTERS’ CHAMBERS (1976-1977)

LONDON, ENGLAND

LEGAL EDUCATION

Boalt Hall School of Law (1978-1979)

University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Scholar

Boalt Hall School of Law (1977-1978)

LL.M. Degree, 1978

College of Law, London, England (1975-1976)

Bar Course (Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, 1976)

London School of Economics and Political Science (1974-1975)

University of London, London, England

LL.M. Degree, 1975

London School of Economics and Political Science (1971-1974)

LL.B. Degree, 1974

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, London, England

Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Real Property and Business Law Sections)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Current Involvements 

California League of Conservation Voters, Member of Board of Directors                  

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Member of Energy and Environment Committee

Los Angeles Business Council, Member of Executive Board          

Heal the Bay

UCLA Luskin Center Advisory Board, Member

Previous Involvements

Clinton Climate Initiative, Senior Advisor

Regional Water Quality Control Board, Board Member                                                             

Elected Chairman, April 1999

Re-elected Chairman, January 2000

Re-elected Chairman, January 2001

Re-elected Chairman, January 2006

Iranian-American Jewish Federation, Member of Board                                                             

Stephen S. Wise Temple, Member of Board of Trustees                                                            

Bnai Zion Foundation-Western Region, President                                                                    

Chairman of the Board                                                                                                                

Bnai Zion Foundation (National), Vice President                                                                       

Magbit Foundation, Member of Executive Board                                                                       

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, Board Member and Vice Chair                             

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Member of Board of Directors                                     

Jewish Community Foundation                                                                                               

Beit T’Shuvah                                                                                                                        

Member of Environmental Advisory Committee

to Assemblymember Paul Koretz                                                                                                

Member of Environmental Task Force

to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger         

                                                                                                

AWARDS

Bnai Zion Leadership Award (2000) 

Regional Water Board Environmental Leadership Award (2001)

Keep California Beautiful

Smith Weiss Environmental Champion Award (2003)

Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters

Bnai Zion Celebration of Life Award (2003)

Man of Accomplishment Award from Amit (2005)

Dorothy Green Award from Heal the Bay (2008)

Service Award by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board  (2008)

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