Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, April 1, 2002


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Real Property Lawyer David M. Marcus Says He Is Running for State Bar Board of Governors


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Real property attorney David M. Marcus is running for one of two open Los Angeles seats on the State Bar Board of Governors, the MetNews learned Friday.

Marcus, of the Century City law firm Marcus, Watanabe Snyder & Dave, said he sent his paperwork off last Friday, but has yet to hear from the State Bar if he has secured a place on the ballot.

Marcus said he hopes that the perspective he’s gained during his years of practice representing title insurance holders will be useful to a number of members of the legal profession. 

“I thought that after 22 years in the practice of law I had something to contribute,” Marcus said.

Marcus joked about the fact that there are several lawyers in the Los Angeles area with the name David Marcus and he said he has contemplated contacting all of them for their support so he can send out mailers stating all of their endorsements.

Marcus said he never been disciplined by the State Bar and he has spoken in front of the Los Angeles County Bar Association three times on title insurance.

He declined to comment any further until his candidacy has been confirmed by the State Bar.

Marcus received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his law degree from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1979.

The Board of Governors is made up of 21 members who carry out the regulatory duties of the State Bar.

Sources reported Friday that Deputy District Attorney Steven J. Ipsen had also thrown his hat into the ring for one of the two open seats.

Ipsen is part of the District Attorney’s Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit.

He attended the University of Virginia, and graduated from the UCLA School of Law.

He was admitted to the State Bar in 1986.

Ipsen did not immediately return calls to confirm his candidacy.

Earlier this month the influential Breakfast Club endorsed Deputy City Attorney Matthew St. George and Century City sole practitioner Michelle Katz in the race for the two open Los Angeles seats.

The club, an association of Los Angeles-area attorneys, has endorsed candidates for the State Bar’s governing board and rallied support for them among the county’s lawyers for more than three decades. Its endorsed candidates consistently won election until last year, when Matthew Cavanaugh upset Patricia Lobello.

Nominations close tomorrow. Ballots are mailed to every State Bar member with an in-state office address on April 30, and voting continues through July 1.

In addition to the Los Angeles elections, lawyers in other counties will be electing three representatives—in District 6 (the Central Coast), District 4 (San Francisco), and District 8 (Orange County).

Billie Sivanov, a spokeswoman for the State Bar, said the names of candidates would not be released to the press and public until after filing closes at 5 p.m. tomorrow.


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