February 17, 2016 – UCLA School of Law mourns the passing of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Brenner, a former UCLA Law professor, who died on Monday in Los Angeles after being fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. He was 64 years old.
Judge Brenner, an expert in communications law, served as the director of UCLA Law’s Communications Law Program from July 1986 through June 1992. He also taught entertainment and copyright law as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law.
Brenner was appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012. At the time of his appointment, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells LLP. His practice concentrated on matters involving cable operators, programmers and suppliers with a focus on policy, intellectual property and regulation before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Copyright Office and Congress. He previously spent approximately 17 years as head of regulatory and legal affairs at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the cable industry’s leading trade association. He also served as senior legal advisor to the chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
Judge Brenner was a lecturer in law at USC’s Gould School of Law. During his career, he wrote two legal textbooks and served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington College of Law at American University and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He earned his law degree at Stanford Law School and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William Byrne, Jr.