Eduardo Angeles began serving Tuesday in his new post as managing assistant of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Airport Division.In that role, he will be chief counsel to Los Angeles World Airports, the proprietary city department that operates much like a huge corporation and manages Los Angeles International Airport and three smaller airports.Angeles, 37, served for eight years as the number two lawyer in San Francisco's airport unit before moving to head public safety operations.He
background in the highly specialized aviation field and in public safety makes him a "perfect fit" at LAX, where safety and counterterrorism have become the top concerns since Sept. 11, 2001.
"In a sense it was a complete package," Angeles
said of his
opportunity to come to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles World Airports is a branch of city government but, like the harbor and the Department of Water
and Power, it is operated separately as a proprietary department.LAWA is subject to federal and state, as well as city, regulation.Department revenues come almost exclusively from landing fees paid by airlines, rent and other tenants, plus parking and other fees, fines and some transit taxes.Angeles will be chief counsel to the seven-member Airport Commission and will be assisted by a staff of 12 other lawyers.
Their duties include litigation involving the airports and drafting transactional documents such as leases and concession agreements.
Representing an airport is considered a fairly rarefied specialty, requiring in-depth knowledge of federal aviation regulations, local tax issues and general business transactional and litigation matters.Angeles
said there are few lawyers in the field, and that to progress, attorneys must be prepared to move from airport to airport.
"It's always been a niche practice," Angeles
said."It's very incestuous in some ways."
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he
was pleased to have Angeles
is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara and Hastings College of the Law
"I am really glad for Rocky to give me this opportunity," Angeles