Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, May 20, 2005


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Newport Beach Mayor Among Four Named by Governor to Superior Courts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed four trial judges yesterday, including Newport Beach Mayor Steven D. Bromberg to the Orange Superior Court.

Also named to the Orange Superior Court were Orange Superior Court Commissioner Erick L. Larsh and civil litigator Randall J. Sherman, while Madera County Assistant District Attorney Eric C. Wyatt was named to the Superior Court in that county.

Bromberg, 61, has been an attorney with Bromberg and Yaeger since 1971, and  most recently has focused his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on employment law. In addition, he has an arbitration and mediation practice through Judicate West in Santa Ana.

During the first decade of his legal career, Bromberg also handled criminal defense and family law cases. Bromberg has been a member of the Newport Beach City Council since 2000, serving as mayor pro tem in 2002 and as mayor in 2003 as well as this year.

He is also a recipient of the Wiley Manuel Award for pro bono legal services. Bromberg, a Republican, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from what is now the University of LaVerne.

Larsh, 47, has served as a court commissioner since 1997 and currently teaches criminology and juvenile delinquency courses at Biola University. He was previously in private practice, specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation, from 1989 to 1997, and was a prosecutor and deputy city attorney in Anaheim from 1987 to 1989.

He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Western State University College of Law, and is a Republican.

Sherman, 50, has been a partner with Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth since 1985. He first joined the firm as an associate in 1979 and throughout his career as a civil litigator has specialized in a variety of business litigation cases.

He is a graduate of UCLA and of USCís law school and is a Democrat.

Wyatt, 38, serves as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, in addition to his duties with the county. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office in 1997, he served as an associate and partner with Mortimer, Oakley & Wyatt where he practiced civil litigation and did criminal defense defense work.

Wyatt, a Republican, graduated from UC Davis and earned his law degree at Santa Clara University.


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