John K. Van de Kamp

Of Counsel

John K. Van de Kamp is of counsel at Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office. In a governmental career spanning some 30 years, he has served as U.S. Attorney for California's Central District, its first Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles County District Attorney (1975-1983) and California Attorney General (1983-1991). Joining Dewey Ballantine LLP in 1991 he served as Chair of its Litigation Department, and has been involved in litigation ranging from insurance disputes to the representation of the Sultan of Brunei. He was President of the State Bar of California (2004-2005). Since 2006, most of his time with the firm has been spent on arbitration and mediation (working through ADR and AAA). In 2007 he was appointed by the California Attorney General as its Monitor of the Getty Trust. He serves as the Chairman of the California Commission of the Fair Administration of Justice and on the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions.


  • Stanford Law School, 1959, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, 1956, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California