Born in 1965, Jackson was raised by a single mother in Texas and served as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Air Force. He left his childhood home after earning his B.A. at the University of Texas, Austin, to pursue his J.D. at Pepperdine Law School in California.
Today, Alan Jackson is a seventeen-year veteran prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, twice named Prosecutor of the Year. Alan specializes in successfully prosecuting the most high profile violent crimes committed countywide. As Assistant Head Deputy of the Major Crimes Division, Jackson manages the office’s elite trial teams while prosecuting his own docket of marquee cases. Alan Jackson has prosecuted over 60 complex felony cases, nearly half of them murders, and began his career prosecuting Los Angeles’ toughest gang members in the Hard Core Gang Unit located in Compton. Jackson has since partnered with INMED, a nonprofit group that protects at-risk Compton children and teens by providing mentorship and outreach.
"As DA, I will crack down on gangs, public corruption,
and violent crime. I pledge to keep our families
children safe." - Alan Jackson
Jackson is known for his fierce defense of justice, his consistent command of the courtroom, and his relationships with victims who credit him with their decision to come forward and provide the critical and painful testimony upon which justice depends. In his nearly two decades as a prosecutor, Jackson has convicted Johnnie Espinoza (a leader of the notorious Florencia-13 street gang who murdered two teenagers and a three-year-old in separate incidents) and secured a murder conviction in a 19-year-old case against the killer of racecar driver and record-breaking speedster Mickey Thompson and his wife. Jackson also put behind bars the killer of Lily Burk, the 17-year-old student who was kidnapped from the campus of Southwestern Law School and later murdered in Downtown Los Angeles.
Jackson became the first attorney in over 40 years to secure a murder conviction against a celebrity in a Los Angeles courtroom when he prosecuted Wall of Sound music producer Phil Spector for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
In 2008, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys named Jackson their Prosecutor of the Year. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named him in the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2009, in addition to other professional honors. In 2010, Jackson was the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Prosecutor of the Year.
Jackson lectures nationally on complex trial tactics to prosecutors from other jurisdictions. His publications for the Department of Justice on advanced investigative techniques inform classrooms and courtrooms nationwide.
Alan is a 20-year resident of Los Angeles County, where he met his wife and fellow prosecutor, Lisa Kassabian-Jackson.