Brian Sun is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Jones Day. He has earned a national reputation as a distinguished trial lawyer specializing in complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He has successfully litigated and tried cases against some of the nation’s top trial lawyers. Mr. Sun is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and has tried matters involving securities fraud, wrongful termination, arson, money laundering, tax, contract disputes, franchise or franchisee disputes, intellectual property disputes, among others. He has lectured and written extensively on trial practice, ethics, white-collar crime, and corporate compliance with government regulations. Mr. Sun has represented a number of high profile clients including former FBI agent J.J. Smith and Dr. Wen Ho Lee.
Brian is well known for his service to both the community and the legal profession. He is a former president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. He has served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and has served on the boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and Southwestern University Law School. In 1992, he was appointed deputy general counsel to the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department ( the Christopher Commission) investigating the Rodney King incident. In 2000, he served as chair of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Brian was named in 2005 by Lawdragon Magazine as one of America’s 500 leading lawyers.
Brian was also named “Defense Attorney of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section for 2003 and was awarded the 2003 “Distinguished Service Award” by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association for dedication to pro bono work. He was also the recipient of the 2001 American Jewish Congress Award for pro bono work on behalf of Dr. Wen Ho Lee. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been ranked twice among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 98 Best Lawyers in America, Los Angeles County Super Lawyers Top 100, Who’s Who in International Business Lawyers.
Brian obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern California.