Born in Ghana, Africa to Lebanese parents, Brahim came to the United States at the age of eighteen with just $240 in his pocket. Determined to be a productive member of society and build a life here, he learned English, put himself through school and eventually earned an undergraduate degree, MBA, and a law degree.
In 1996, Brahim started his public service career as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney prosecuting a wide range of cases including domestic violence, public corruption, hate crimes, voter and election fraud, sexual assaults, and homicides. He tried to verdict 128 trials including 54 murders and 13 attempted murders.
By 2014 Brahim reached the rank of Assistant District Attorney and has supervised the prosecution of a wide range of sensitive cases relating to public corruption, police conduct, hate crimes, arson, election fraud, and Grand Jury investigations. He also authored and implemented the OCDA’s current policy regarding the public release of video evidence in connection with Officer Involved Shooting and Custodial Death incidents.
Since 2018, Brahim has served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney overseeing the Homicide, Sexual Assault, Family Protection, Science & Technology, Human Trafficking, Hate Crimes, Arsons, and Special Prosecutions units. He currently manages over 120 prosecutors and paralegals handling an average of 1200 criminal cases a year. Brahim trains other prosecutors and police officers throughout the state and across the country on prosecutorial ethics and ethical police investigative practices.
Brahim has received numerous honors, including:
“Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year for the State of California” (CA District Attorneys Association)
“Diligent Prosecutor Award” (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Sherwood Prize “for combating hate and prosecuting white supremacist gang members” (Anti-Defamation League).
Brahim and his wife Paula have been married for 19 years and are the proud, involved parents of 3 children. Brahim’s love of family and community extends into his active volunteer work. He was the longtime volunteer coach and mentor for the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial Team at San Clemente High School. For nine seasons, Brahim served as an AYSO coach for all three of his children’s soccer teams. As a member of the national service organization, Lion’s Heart, he coordinates volunteer opportunities for his son’s group of 10 boys. For the past three years, Brahim has volunteered with Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) at his children’s elementary school. Watch D.O.G.S. is a national volunteer program that encourages fathers to volunteer their time in their children’s school to provide role models and leadership lessons.
For eight years, Brahim volunteered with the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP) program, working with middle schools to mentor and counsel students while watching for signs necessitating an intervention, such as an increase in absenteeism or tardiness.
Brahim Baytieh’s incredible life journey and courtroom experiences dealing with some of society’s most heinous crimes has fostered in him a deep appreciation for doing what is right, no matter the consequences. His approach has always been to seek justice one case at a time, following the facts to seek the truth with no other agenda. As a supervisor and a manager, he always chooses to lead from the front, and to be part of the solution so that every individual can be assured a fair hearing.
In his campaign to serve as an Orange County Superior Court Judge, Brahim has quickly earned enthusiastic endorsements from a diverse coalition of justices, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, public safety officers, firefighters and community leaders. They know Brahim will serve as a fair and independent judge upholding the highest standards of the law.