Donovan Brambila is humbled to provide a voice of advocacy to the forgotten victims in our community as he begins his new chapter at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

As a native of Pasadena, CA, Donovan Brambila is honored to represent the People of the State of California in San Bernardino County. 

Deputy District Attorney Donovan Brambila was sworn in on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by District Attorney Jason Anderson.

Donovan’s heart for justice and commitment to service took hold during his time at Pepperdine University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Creative Writing. While at Pepperdine, Donovan co-founded a non-profit organization aimed at eradicating human trafficking, eventually working directly with the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking. It was through such work that Donovan became familiar with the inner workings of the justice system and the direct impact such work has on the community. 

Following college, Donovan’s service continued through volunteer work with the Los Angeles Archdiocese Juvenile Detention Ministry, ministering to incarcerated youths. Soon, his path became clear and Donovan attended Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law starting in 2016. With coveted internships in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime, Major Crimes, and Preliminary Hearings Units, as well as Orange County’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking Division, Donovan gained invaluable experience both in the courtroom and behind the scenes, working with attorneys of all levels of experience, and crimes of various gravity, from petty theft to multiple murders. But most importantly, these opportunities impressed upon Donovan the importance of advocating for and giving a voice to those who are often forgotten: the victims.

After singing the national anthem at his law school graduation in 2019 and later passing the bar, Donovan began working for a plaintiff’s law firm, representing clients wronged by large corporations in class actions and mass torts. But, as time went on Donovan felt called back to the path that first led him to law school-providing a voice to those often forgotten.  With a fire of awakened enthusiasm, Donovan applied for and was graciously accepted by the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office. 

“There is no higher purpose than service. To have the opportunity to spend my career doing so is truly a gift and for that I’m grateful. To be surrounded by coworkers who feel the same way and who work towards the same mission is more than for which I could have ever hoped.”
DDA Donovan Brambila 

Donovan is thrilled to represent the people in San Bernardino and is grateful for the opportunity to serve them.