Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


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Governor Names Century City Lawyer Peter Lopez to State Athletic Commission


By TINA BAY, Staff Writer


Entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez has been appointed to the State Athletic Commission.

The governorís office named Lopez and four others to the commission, which regulates professional boxing in the state, on Monday.

Lopez, 57, has been a partner in the Century City firm of Kleinberg, Lopez, Lange, Cuddy, Edel and Klein since 1997, and was previously a partner in Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp.

Admitted to the State Bar in 1974, he is a former member of the American Bar Association Governing Board of Entertainment and Sports Industries. His community involvement includes work with Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerís Community Outreach Assistance for Childrenís Health program.

Lopez holds a law degree from UCLA, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.

Also appointed to the commission were assistant UCLA medical school professor Christopher Giza, M.D., Beverly Hills insurance broker Timothy Noonan, San Clemente businessman Mario Rodriguez, and former Olympian June Collison, of San Bernardino County. Giza and Collison have served on the commission since 2005.

Giza, certified in neurology and child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is a pediatric neurologist at UCLAís childrenís hospital and a researcher at the institutionís brain injury research center.

The 41-year-old physician performed his residency at UCLA and internship at the University of Pennsylvania medical center.† He is a member of the National Neurotrauma Society. He is also a former search and rescue team member for Yosemite National Park.

Noonan, 47, has been president and chief executive officer Lockton Insurance Brokers incorporated since 1996.† He was previously senior vice president for Jardine Insurance Brokers and an insurance agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.†

He is a member of the board of trustees for the UCLA Center on Aging and the California Association of Health Facilities.

Rodriguez, in his ninth year as chief executive officer and president of Jonathan Grey and Associates, an ad specialty and promotional products business, also serves on the Orange County Sheriff Reserve and the National Latino Peace Officers Board of Directors.

The appointee, 50, is a past president of the Hispanic Roundtable and past chair of the Latino Coalition Foundation.

Collison, 49, competed as June Griffith in the 1984 Olympic Games and formerly held the world record for the 400 meter indoor run. She has over 18 years of health care management and financial experience and is presently the chief executive officer of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

She is the mother of Darren Collison, point guard for the UCLA basketball team.

Collison and Lopez are Democrats; Rodriguez and Noonan are Republicans; and† Giza is registered decline-to-state.

Commission positions require Senate confirmation and pay $100 per diem.


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