Harland Braun

Harland Braun is a named Partner at Braun & Braun, LLP. Mr. Braun has over 50 years of experience in the legal profession and is a premier Los Angeles criminal defense attorney.

In 1973, Mr. Braun was one of the first attorney’s to be certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal specialist. Mr. Braun is well known and well respected for his expertise in navigating the State and Federal judicial system, his ability to interface with news media when desirable to help guard against bias in high-profile and celebrity cases, and his efforts to ensure that his clients receive fair and equal treatment.

Some of Mr. Braun’s more noteworthy cases were:

  • Represented Kaiser-Permanente physicians in the murder prosecution chronicled in Barber v. Superior Court, 147 Cal. App. 3rd 1006(1983) which established that a physician can disconnect the feeding tube implanted in a patient in a persistent vegetative state. This California case predated the Florida Terri Schiavo decision by many decades.
  • Represented LAPD Officer Theodore Briseno in the Federal Rodney King trial and LAPD Officer Michael Buchanan in the “Rampart Scandal” trial.
  • Represented director John Landis and Producer George Folsey in the “Twilight Zone” manslaughter trial involving the death of actor Vic Morrow and two children killed by the main rotor of a helicopter that crashed on the set of the Warner Bros. film “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
  • Represented Assembly Whip Gwen Moore in a political corruption case in Sacramento.
  • Represented attorney Vincent Bugliosi in a perjury case arising out of the Charles Manson prosecution.
  • Represented Congresswoman Bobbie Fiedler in a bribery case arising out of the Republican Senate Primary.
  • Represented celebrities Robert Blake, Chris Farley, Steven Seagal, Eazy-E, Ed O’Neill, Gary Busey, Harry Morgan, Dennis Rodman, and many others in both high-profile and discreet criminal matters.

Mr. Braun received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1967 where he served as Senior Editor on the UCLA Law Review. After law school, Mr. Braun worked at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. From 1968 to 1973, Mr. Braun was a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, where he prosecuted five members of the Manson family, as well as co-prosecuted a case for a murder that occurred in Switzerland.


  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1967)
  • University of California Los Angeles (B.A., Political Science, 1964)


  • I am so impressed not only with your outstanding legal talents and abilities, but with your professionalism as an attorney at law. Your approach to law is in the highest traditions of the legal profession. It’s very reassuring to know that there are lawyers like you still around. I might add that with your trial abilities, if you had represented Manson, this book may never have been written.
    Vince Bugliosi (Prosecutor of the Tate-Labianca Trials and author of Helter Skelter)
  • Harland is a guy who very much attached himself to his client’s cause, and I respect his resourcefulness, and I respect his diligence and creativity.
    Patricia Glaser (Partner at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP)
  • Harland Braun is an excellent attorney.
    Gloria Allred (Partner at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg)
  • Harland loved to try to get under our skin…But during his closing argument, his explanation of reasonable doubt was probably the most creative and thought-provoking and funny of any I have ever heard.
    Steven D. Clymer (Associate Professor at Cornell Law School, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney)