Bryan has lived in San Diego since 2004, is a resident of Ocean Beach and a solo practice environmental attorney who often partners with other public interest attorneys and takes on some of the biggest corporations and government agencies across the state to protect the public interest. Bryan is also one of the top rated civil rights attorneys in San Diego and has met the stringent selection criteria of the national rating agency SuperLawyers.
In 2016, Bryan received over 23,000 votes in the 78th Assembly District to become a San Diego County Democratic Central Committee delegate, which was the most number of votes in the county out of 73 candidates across six state assembly districts.
Many San Diegans who could not afford an attorney have benefited from Bryan's pro bono legal work, including homeless veterans and small nonprofit organizations. For his entire legal and professional career, Bryan has worked tirelessly defending the public interest. In addition to running his own law practice, Bryan has taught as an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law, inspiring law students to pursue public interest law, and is a founding member of the Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative (PIAC).
Bryan also served as an elected board member of the Ocean Beach Peoples Organic Food Market from 2008-2015, a $15M per year business. From 2006-2016, Bryan also ran a nonprofit thrift store as a volunteer in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego to benefit animal protection and environmental causes.
Bryan is currently representing the San Diego chapter of the NAACP against the City of El Cajon Police Department for falsely arresting peaceful prayer vigil attendees in the wake of the Alfred Olango shooting, among other civil rights and environmental cases.
Here are a few of Bryan's recent legal victories:
Patel v. Lombardo
January 2018: When a vacation rental owner sued Ocean Beach residents living near the property for calling in police noise complaints, Bryan stepped in and represented the residents without charging them, got the case dismissed, and won an $18K judgment for attorneys' fees with co-counsel Craig Klein.
Holzman v. City of El Centro
January 2018: Bryan represented an El Centro school teacher who was falsely arrested for passing out flyers at the Imperial Valley Mall critical of Donald Trump, with co-counsel Dave Simon and Todd Cardiff. They did not charge the teacher and won a $19K settlement from the city to cover attorneys' fees and damages.
Not One Animal Harmed v. PFP Temecula Real Estate Holdings
November 2017: Bel Villaggio shopping mall in Temecula was refusing to allow a school teacher to peacefully pass out flyers against puppy mills outside a pet store, and Bryan represented the teacher without charge, opening the mall up to free speech, and won a judgment for attorneys' fees totaling $79K, with co-counsel David Simon and Alanna Pearl.
Spirit of the Sage Council v. City of Pasadena
July 2017: Bryan and co-counsels Todd Cardiff and Craig Sherman blocked the building of a dam by the City of Pasadena that would have damaged wetlands, and won a judgment for attorneys' fees in the amount of $217K.
Grassroots Coalition v. County of Los Angeles
November 2016: Bryan and co-counsel Todd Cardiff won a writ of mandate requiring the County of Los Angeles to turn over biological monitors' field notes from the Oxford Lagoon under the California Public Records Act, and obtained a judgment of $144,770 for attorneys' fees.
Animal Protection & Rescue League v. The Irvine Company
December 2015: $194K judgment for successfully challenging 36 time, place and manner rules for expressive activity as being unconstitutional, and defeating a cross-complaint seeking to stop free speech against stores selling cruel products, with co-counsel David Simon, Susan Mogilka and John Derrick.
San Diego Puppy v. Animal Protection & Rescue League
September 2015: $65K judgment against San Diego Puppy after this seller of animals from cruel puppy mills sued several animal protection groups for helping to pass an ordinance regulating its activities. Bryan got the case dismissed and won attorneys' fees against the business and its principals. Co-counsel were David Simon, Gerald Singleton, Todd Cardiff, John Maher and Gretel Smith.
Han v. A.F. Gilmore, et al.
June 2015: Civil rights case for false arrest of a peaceful activist who was handing out flyers about plant-based eating at the Farmers Market shopping center in Los Angeles, and successful challenge to the mall's time, place and manner rules for expressive activity. Co-counsel was David Simon. $107K settlement.
Animal Protection & Rescue League v. San Diego Planning Commission
May 2015: Bryan obtained a published Court of Appeal decision finding the San Diego City Attorney's office incorrectly applied the law. A guideline rope to protect pregnant and nursing harbor seals approved by City Council was allowed to stand despite the Planning Commission improperly denying permit. Co-counsel was Todd Cardiff. $83K judgment for attorneys' fees, followed by a $50K judgment for the appeal.
Jacobelly v. AEG and City of San Diego
October 2014: Bryan successfully defended an appeal of an activist wrongfully convicted of trespass for peacefully handing out flyers at San Diego Sports Arena regarding circus abuse of elephants. Co-counsel was Todd Cardiff. $42K settlement in civil suit.
Lutz v. CBRE and City of San Diego
December 2013: Civil rights case for false arrest of a voter registration activist by San Diego Police and a private security guard. Co-counsel was Gerald Singleton. Won $105K settlement.
Animal Protection & Rescue League v. San Diego Planning Commission
August 2011: San Diego City Attorney's office found to have improperly defended the Planning Commission over the elected City Council. Writ of mandate granted requiring placement of guideline rope to protect San Diego seals. Co-counsel was Todd Cardiff. $75K judgment for attorneys' fees.
Fashion Valley Mall v. Animal Protection & Rescue League
February 2008: The mall sued several activists and nonprofit groups for holding peaceful protests against the sale of fur. The court ruled the mall's anti-boycott rule was unconstitutional. $132K judgment with co-counsel Gerald Singleton, Alexis Bastedo, Mitch Wallis and David Wilson.
Valli v. City of San Diego
February 2006: Bryan obtained a ruling striking down a San Diego Municipal Code section placing onerous restrictions on charitable fundraising as being unconstitutional, as seen in San Diego CityBeat and San Diego Union tribune.
Some recent news articles quoting Bryan:
CBS-8: Pacific Beach Residents Rally Against Short Term Rentals
December 10, 2017
This American Life: When the Beasts Come Marching In
March 11, 2016
New York Times:
Two Missing Ducks, a Video and a Felony Charge in an Episode at a Foie Gras Farm
Feb. 22, 2015 New York Times
Seals in San Diego Get to Remain at the Beach
Nov. 14, 2009 New York Times
In California, Going All Out to Bid Adieu to Foie Gras
Oct. 15, 2011 New York Times
Some in California Skirt a Ban on Foie Gras
April 12, 2012 New York Times
California Chefs to Wield Their Spatulas in Fight Over Foie Gras Ban
April 30, 2012 New York Times
Waddling Into the Sunset - California Chefs Mount a Repeal of Foie Gras Ban
June 4, 2012 New York Times
Los Angeles Times:
Seals on La Jolla beach win another court round
April 29, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Judge sides with seals on the beach in La Jolla
Aug. 12, 2013, Los Angeles Times
San Diego Council votes to close La Jolla beach in seal pupping season
Feb. 24, 2014, Los Angeles Times
San Diego settles lawsuit by protester arrested outside circus
Aug. 27,2014, Los Angeles Times
San Diego Union Tribune:
Activist known as game-changer in seals case
March 22, 2009
Bryan Pease going up against hunters
April 24, 2014
Future of Ché Café still in limbo
Nov. 18, 2015