Daniel Brenner. Courtesy of USC
Daniel Brenner. Courtesy of USC

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge was fatally injured by a vehicle while walking in the Pico-Robertson area, authorities said Tuesday.

Daniel Brenner, who was also an adjunct professor at USC’s Gould School of Law and formerly served as director of the communications law program at the UCLA School of Law, was struck about 6:10 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Beverwill Drive.

Brenner was crossing Beverwil, headed west, when he was struck by a northbound Honda Civic whose driver stopped at the scene and was later released, according to Officer Matt Ludwig of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The 64-year-old Beverly Hills resident died at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

“I barely knew him personally, but he was a very fine and successful teacher of our students,” said Gregory Keating, vice dean for faculty and student affairs at USC’s law school.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Brenner to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2012.

Brenner, who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University, also served as an adviser to two Federal Communications Commission chairmen, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, where Brenner was once head of the Legal Department.

“The people of Los Angeles have lost a great judge, and the public policy community has lost a great friend and colleague,” said NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell, himself a former FCC chairman.

“Dan’s insightful knowledge of telecommunications law made him a formidable force in public policy during his years leading the Legal Department at NCTA,” Powell said. “A prominent and distinguished member of the federal communications bar, Dan was a key staffer and advisor to two FCC chairmen during a time of immense change.”

Powell also praised him as “a prized teacher and mentor for hundreds of law students at USC, UCLA and Georgetown University.”

“None of us will ever forget Dan’s keen sense of humor and perspective, which helped guide his approach to his career and his friendships,” Powell said. “We will sorely miss him.”

–City News Service

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