Laura Jane Kessner

Career Development & Life Balance

Laura Jane Kessner, Esq. currently serves as the Metropolitan Area Office Deputy-in-Charge for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where she trains new deputies and manages day-to-day operations. As a member of the District Attorney’s Office for over twenty-six years, Laura Jane has specialized in the prosecution of sex crimes and has responded to habeas corpus petitions and appeals in both state and federal courts. A former Special Assistant with the District Attorney’s Office, Laura Jane has been instrumental in improving office efficiency through technology, leading efforts to expand the use of electronic subpoenas and helping to create an electronic document repository and filing system. Laura Jane graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in History. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review. Laura Jane is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, serving as co-chair for the Career Development and Life Balance Committee. She is also active with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee and a Delegate to the Conference of California Bar Associations. In addition to her legal work, Laura Jane has been active in the community, particularly supporting the growth and advancement of women and girls. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and started two Girl Scout troops consisting of over 30 girls. Laura Jane is a member of the Girl Scout Gold Award “Go” Team, where she interviews and mentors prospective Gold Award Applicants, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Laura Jane currently serves as Co-President for the Marlborough School. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and helped draft a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan for the organization. In her spare time, Laura Jane dreams of becoming fluent in French, practicing yoga, reading books, and spending time with her husband, children, and cats.