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Gideon Kracov


Berkeley Law, University of California Boalt Hall
- J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate, 1995

University of California, Berkeley
- B.A. with high honors, 1992 

Professional Experience:


Mr. Kracov is a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles, where he represents clients in civil law, environmental and land use cases.  His work includes high-stakes litigation and complex regulatory matters.  Mr. Kracov offers experience honed by work for diverse business, labor and non-profit clients, and as a government lawyer.  He has served for over a decade as General Counsel of the California Waste and Recycling Association, a trade organization including the region's leading recycling and waste management companies.

Mr. Kracov is a Los Angeles Magazine Southern California Super Lawyer, a designation limited to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region.  In a 2009 profile, the authoritative lawyers Daily Journal recognized that in the "world of environmental politics, Kracov has managed to obtain credibility with all parties, perhaps the highest currency."  

Previously, Mr. Kracov served as a Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney where he counseled the Departments of Planning and Sanitation.  He was on the team that negotiated the $168 million settlement to remove trash from the Los Angeles River and he advised the City's contaminated property redevelopment program.

  Before his public sector work, Mr. Kracov practiced at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, a trial law firm.  There he handled toxic tort and environmental matters that helped shape these areas of the law. 

Mr. Kracov started his legal career at the prominent Los Angeles firm Weston, Benshoof LLP (now Alston & Bird LLP), where his practice involved tort defense for Fortune 500 clients.

Pro-Bono and Community Activities:

Mr. Kracov served as 2014-2015 Chair of the State Bar of California Environmental Law Section.  Elected by his peers to that role, he led education and program activities on behalf of the Section's 2,500+ environmental lawyer members.

From 2015 to 2018, he served as a Governor's appointee and Chair of the California Mining and Geology Board that oversees the State's interests in seismic hazards, mineral resources and mine reclamation.  He also chaired the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Independent Review Panel tasked with recommending improvements to the agency's permitting, enforcement, outreach and fiscal management.  From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Kracov served as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Proposition O Bond Committee administering $500 million to protect the City's rivers and beaches.  He also was a Governor's appointee and Acting Chair of the State Committee supervising California's vehicle smog check program.

The Consumer Attorneys of California have recognized Mr. Kracov as a "Street Fighter" finalist for his success lawyering difficult public interest cases.  He has particular experience in environmental public interest litigation at the United States-Mexico border region. 

He has served on the board of directors of non-profits Communities for a Better Environment, Los Angeles Grand Performances, the Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Salvadoran American Leadership Education Fund. 

In 2001, Mr. Kracov was one of the "emerging leaders from the United States" selected for a German Marshall Fund Memorial Fellowship to foster transatlantic relationships among "those capable of affecting real and lasting change.”