Biography of Janna Sidley

Janna Sidley

General Counsel

Janna Sidley serves as the general counsel and oversees all litigation involving the Port of Los Angeles. A member of the Port’s senior management team, Sidley heads the Harbor Division of the Office of the City Attorney. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich appointed Sidley as 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, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, and the 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 White House.   

Sidley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.