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 attend the Waldorf School of San Diego. The family loves food, baseball and travel.  The family has twice lived in Italy, but is always happy to return home.