Janna Sidley


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General Counsel

Janna Sidley serves as General Counsel and oversees all litigation involving the Port of Los Angeles. A member of the Port’s Leadership Team, Sidley heads the Harbor Division of the Office of the City Attorney. She was appointed Managing Assistant City Attorney at the Port of Los Angeles in March 2013.

As General Counsel, Sidley supervises the attorneys who provide general legal advice to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, and Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. Harbor Division attorneys draft contracts, review projects and advise the Harbor Commission and Port senior management on property management, marketing, international trade, maritime, fishing, environmental, and railroad operating matters.

Sidley joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2003 and has worked as a trial deputy specializing in workers' compensation fraud and unfair business practices. In 2006, she was assigned to the Port of Los Angeles, focusing on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) matters. In 2010, Sidley transferred to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and has been responsible for all legal compliance requirements related to CEQA and NEPA.

Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Sidley was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2002. She has worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Department of the Interior, and The White House. 

Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016 and reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020, Sidley serves on the California Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight panel. Sidley was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Leader in Law in 2019 and named a Lawyer of Distinction in 2020. In 2021, she was honored by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for her two and a half decades of dedicated legal service.

Sidley earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Berkeley and juris doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.