Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Holman United Methodist Church for Charles E. Lloyd, a renowned criminal defense attorney who worked in the Los Angeles for more that 50 years. He died March 30 at age 76, after losing a battle with cancer.
Lloyd realized at the age of nine that he wanted to be a lawyer and was extremely dedicated to learning the skills he needed. While working full time as an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, he also attended law school at the University of California (USC) full time.
He was one of Los Angeles’ first African American deputy attorneys in 1962 and began his career at the firm of Berman, Lloyd and Goldstein.
A year later he partnered with Tom Bradley at Lloyd, Bradley, Burrell and Nelson, and decided to pursue a solo career when, Bradley left to run for political office as mayor. After becoming mayor Bradley, appointed Lloyd as a Harbor Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles, and that made him the first African American to hold that position.
During his career, the Mississippi native handled some very high profile cases including getting Ernie Ladd from the Houston Oilers a $600,000 deal, which made the football star, the highest paid lineman in history at the time. He also successfully defended welter-weight champion Aaron Pryor against narcotics charges and handled the sensational murder trial of former KNXT-TV sportscaster Stan Duke. Lloyd also defended the first RICO trial in Texas. (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act–commonly referred to as RICO Act or RICO–is a federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.)
What helped facilitate Lloyd’s success, was his experience working both sides of the aisle (defense and prosecution).
Aside from his accomplishments in the courtroom, Lloyd who was the second of seven siblings, was recognized with many awards including Trial Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles Bar Association, the U.S Congressional Award for Public Service; and a commendation for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Law from the City of Los Angeles, which was presented to him by Mayor Tom Bradley.
Lloyd was a member of the American, California, Criminal Courts, Los Angeles and the National Bar associations. He was also a member of the California Association of Black Lawyers.
Additionally, Lloyd sat on the Board of Trustees of Cal State Los Angeles, and was a law professor at Van Norman University School of Law. He was even depicted by James Earl Jones in the television movie, “Confessions, Two Faces of Evil.”
Charles Lloyd dedicated his entire life to helping others in the courtroom and through numerous charitable organizations he contributed to. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Anslyene; his daughter Janet Randolph, grandchildren Krishna Jackson, Kimberly Cooper and John Randolph; great-grandchildren Clark, Khaleel, Colby and Caleb.