Barry A. Bradley

Managing Partner

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 Barry Bradley

Barry A. Bradley is the firm’s Managing Partner. Prior to founding the firm with Tom Gmelich, he served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Hardcore Gang Prosecution Division, where he had over thirty jury trials (including numerous murder trials), and countless bench trials and preliminary hearings. For nearly three decades Mr. Bradley has applied his law enforcement background with marked effectiveness to civil litigation and trials, representing the private security and business industries, both in the courts and in administrative proceedings. Mr. Bradley serves as general corporate counsel to numerous businesses throughout the State, and helps navigate his clients through licensing issues with the State security licensing entity. He also supervises the firm’s attorneys in the litigation of their cases and in providing legal advice to the firm’s clients.

Practice Areas:

  • Business & Commercial Law – Legal Counsel and Advice
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law – Employer
  • Business Litigation
  • Licensing – Security Companies and Corporate Security Programs
  • Class Action Defense of Employers (Employment)
  • Personal Injury – Defense
  • Public Entity – Defense
  • Private Security Companies
  • Security Guard Defense
  • General Civil Litigation

Professional and Community Affiliations (Past and Present)

  • Law Enforcement and Private Security Conference of L.A. (LEAPS) Board Advisor and Sponsorship Chair since its inception, 2000 – Present
  • International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety – Past Board Member, Greater Los Angeles Chapter
  • ASIS-International – Legal Advisor to San Fernando Valley Chapter; member since 1993
  • Glendale Police & Private Security Partnership – Past Board Member and Founding Member
  • California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards &Associates (CALSAGA) – Legal Advisor since its inception in 1996 – Present
  • Los Angeles Police Museum – Legal Counsel
  • American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO), Region 88 – Past Board Member, Coach, Referee
  • District Attorney Alumni Association, Los Angeles County – current Board Member and co-chair

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Bradley has lectured throughout the nation to various security associations, private security companies, security departments, and corporations (including Exxon, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Kraft General Foods, Inc., and Dignity Health) on topics pertaining to contracts, preventative documentation, risk management, and increased training.

He has also been a featured speaker at several annual and regional seminars for ASIS International and the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards & Associates (CALSAGA), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing standards and training in the security industry, and the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO). Mr. Bradley’s lecture topics have included: legal updates affecting the security industry, avoiding employment lawsuits (wage and hour claims and class actions, sexual harassment prevention, and policy manual knowledge), minimizing exposure in negligent security cases, and business contract issues.

Published Opinions

  • Maria D. v. Westec Residential Security, Inc. 85 Cal. App. 4th 125:

The California Court of Appeal held that an alleged rape committed by a uniformed security officer while on duty is outside of the course and scope of employment, thus shielding the corporation from respondent superior (vicarious) liability.

  • Borg-Warner Protective Services Corporation dba Wells Fargo Guard Services v. Superior Court75 Cal. App. 4th 1203:

The California Court of Appeal ruled that the State’s Private Security Services Act section addressing a security company’s obligations still allows the company to assert the defense that it is not liable for its employees’ actions committed outside the course and scope of employment.

Publications and Press

  • The Californian – regular contributor of the Legal Update column, a quarterly publication of the California Association of Security Agencies, Guards & Associates (CALSAGA).
  • Authored California’s required legal training modules for security officers, published by CALSAGA.
  • Authored articles which have appeared in numerous publications in several states throughout the security industry.


  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – for the past 14 consecutive years – Business Litigation
  • CALSAGA Security Professional Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctorate, 1986
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, B.S. Criminal Justice Administration (with Distinction), 1983
  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, studies in macroeconomics, criminology, advanced statistical methodology, 1981-1982

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, All Courts, December 1986


  • California State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California


  • SCUBA – Advanced Certification
  • Piano & keyboards – Playing jazz, blues, and anything in-between
  • Pets – Includes dogs, turtles, fish
  • Black Belt – Shodan, Karate

Married with three children to Blanca Bradley – who puts up with his music playing