Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Governor Names Three to Superior Court Judgeships
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named two San Jose lawyers to the Santa Clara Superior Court and a Fresno Superior Court commissioner as a judge of that court.
Mark H. Pierce, 56, and Derek Woodhouse, 57, were appointed to the Santa Clara court. David A. Gottlieb, 43, will be the newest judge in Fresno County.
Pierce has practiced law in San Jose for 30 years and is currently a partner at Olson & Pierce, where he specializes in personal injury and workerís compensation. He Pierce earned his law degree from Santa Clara University following graduation from the University of Colorado.
He is a member of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of California and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Biafore. Pierce is a Republican.
Woodhouse became of counsel to Thelen, Reid & Priest, specializing in employment and administrative law, earlier this year after 25 years as a partner in the San Jose office of Littler Mendelson. He worked as a deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County from 1977 to1979.
Woodhouse earned his law degree from Santa Clara University following graduation from San Jose State University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James H. Chang.
Woodhouse is a Republican.
Gottlieb became a commissioner two years ago after 15 years in private practice, primarily in criminal defense. He is a graduate of the University of San Franciscoís law school and of UC Santa Barbara.
He is a certified criminal law specialist and a member of the California Judges Associationís Criminal Law Committee. Gottlieb fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge A. Dennis Caeton and is a Democrat.
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