Bryan Vess was born in Eureka, California. He has lived, on and off, in San Diego since 1980. Before he became a lawyer, Bryan worked in the United States Senate as a press assistant. He is married to San Diegan Jora Vess, also a lawyer. Bryan and Jora have a son, Charlie, and two daughters, Juliet and Emilia. The children are products of Waldorf education (San Diego and Florence) and the International School of Florence. The family loves food, baseball and travel.