Los Angeles Assistant City Attorney
On June 27, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office will lose a tremendous asset — Assistant City Attorney Wilma J. Pinder. Pinder will retire after nearly 30 years of service in the office. On June 27 at the downtown Marriott Hotel friends, colleagues and family members will celebrate the end of a fabulous career. Pinder has left an indelible impression on the office. She will also have a presence through her daughter, Jessalyn R. Pinder, is also a lawyer with the City Attorney’s office— and, in fact, the two are the office’s first African-American mother-daughter attorneys; both are litigators. Pinder’s incredibly diverse background always suited her well. With degrees in sociology and psychology and a background in sociology, Pinder worked her diplomatic yet unrelenting manner as a litigator in numerous trials, earning praise and respect from both her clients and opposing counsel alike.
An alumna graduate of UCLA Law School, Pinder attended under graduate school at Howard University in Washington D.C., earning a Master’s of Science and she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.
She has handled a number of high-profile challenging litigation cases while representing the City and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. One particular ly well-covered high-profile case involved a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the City and then-Los Angeles City Councilman, Nate Holden.
Pinder also has been a role model for and mentor to newer attorneys in the City Attorney’s office and the larger African-American legal community. A member of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Langston Bar Association, California Association of Black Lawyers, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, UCLA Foundation Board of Governors, Committee of Bar Examiner of the State Bar of California, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and a host of other organizations, Pinder has been honored by many associations. Known for her wit and humor and natty sense of style, she has been a frequent lecturer and panelist on legal, social, and political issues, including the thoughtful and still-relevant 1993 Pepperdine Law Review article entitled “When Will Black Woman Lawyers Slay The Two-Headed Dragon: Racism and Gender Bias?” Pinder’s personal passion is traveling, and she ventured everywhere from Beijing to Prague, South Africa to Egypt, Helsinki to Moscow, Vietnam to Cambodia, Greece, Seoul, and Monte Carlo, among many others. One of Pinder’s favorite pastimes is attending the Olympics. Therefore, in August, Beijing, China, therefore, may well will be the first destination on her retirement travel list. She and her husband, Frank, a dentist medical doctor, have expanded their shared a view of the world and its people through travel. They look forward to sharing such experiences with their three granddaughters.
Wherever her travels take her, there is no question but that Assistant City Attorney Wilma Pinder will be sorely missed in her role at the City and will long be remembered as one who served her City tirelessly, charismatically, and well.