Friday, March 23, 2007
Gregory Tavill Named to San Bernardino Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday appointed San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Gregory S. Tavill to the Superior Court bench.
Tavill, selected to succeed retired Judge Stephen Ashworth, said he expects to be sworn in to the San Bernardino Superior Court next Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled that the governor has confidence in me and has given me the chance to continue serving my community,” the 44-year-old appointee told the MetNews.
“Becoming a judge has been something I’ve thought about for along time,” he said, noting he did not begin pursuing a judicial career until several judges and opposing counsel close to him encouraged him to apply last March.
Tavill has been a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino since April 1999, and is currently in his fifth year of serving in the office’s hardcore gang prosecution unit.
He remarked that his transition from the D.A.’s office to the bench should be “fairly smooth” since he has no imminent trials.
From 1989 to 1999, Tavill was a litigator with the San Diego office of what is now Shea Stokes, and primarily handled insurance matters. His first job following admission to the State Bar in December 1987 was with Gordon & Rees in San Francisco, where he litigated insurance defense, civil rights and product liability cases.
A former member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Tavill is now a member of the San Bernardino County Bar Association as well as the county’s Public Attorneys Association, of which he was a director from 2002 to 2004.
His present community activities include serving on the board of directors of Volunteers of America of Southwest California and volunteering as a youth soccer referee for the American Youth Soccer Organization. He has also coached youth basketball in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, where he resides, and served as a member of United Way of San Diego County’s board of directors from 1998 to 1999.
Tavill earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987 and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1984.
He is a Democrat.
The annual compensation for his position is $171,648.
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