Mr. Duran has been a member of the California Bar since 1988, and for more than 25 years has fought tirelessly for clients in the area of civil rights and criminal defense litigation.
A hallmark of John Duran’s legal career has been his unwavering support for those who have no voice. He successfully sued Los Angeles County for denying medication to inmates with HIV/AIDS (Kolcum v. L.A. County). He represented the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center and won the first test case of medicinal marijuana defense since the passage of California’s Proposition 215. He has also served as legal counsel for many prominent civil rights groups including ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and Clean Needles Now – the Los Angeles Needle Exchange Program.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Duran has been an elected member of the West Hollywood City Council since 2001. His election to the West Hollywood City Council is the continuation of a long and dedicated history of service to the community.
Mr. Duran’s defense of civil rights extends outside of his legal practice into many activist and volunteer activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles) and NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials). Mr. Duran was the Board Chair for LIFE AIDS Lobby from 1987-1992, crafting California’s response to the AIDS Epidemic. He co-founded and was the Board Chair of EQCA (Equality California), a group that was formed to lead the efforts on marriage equality in the state. Mr. Duran also officiated some of California’s first same-sex weddings. He was Co-Founder of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality), a prominent civil rights group that fostered strong relationships with both the Clinton and Obama Administrations regarding gay rights. In addition, he also served on the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; the ACLU-SC (American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California) Foundation Board; and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.