John Van de Kamp is a counsel in Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office and a member of the Government practice. In a governmental career spanning some 30 years, he has served as US Attorney for California's Central District, its first Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles County District Attorney (1975-1983) and California Attorney General (1983-1991). He previously worked at another law firm and served as chair of its litigation department, and has been involved in litigation ranging from insurance disputes to the representation of the Sultan of Brunei and has handled numerous internal investigations. He has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation, working through ADR and AAA. In 2007 he was appointed by the California Attorney General as its Monitor of the Getty Trust. He now serves as the Independent Reform Monitor for the City of Vernon.
•President, State Bar of California, 2004-2005
•Member, American Bar Association Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions
•Chairman, California Commission of the Fair Administration of Justice (2006-2008)
•Past President, California Historical Society
•Past President, Planning and Conservation League
•Chairman of the Board, Lawry's Restaurants, Inc.
•Member of the Board of Trustees, Norton Simon Museum