Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, September 2, 2009


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Schwarzenegger Names Three to Los Angeles Superior Court




Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named Pasadena attorney John J. Kralik, Superior Court Commissioner John C. Lawson II,  and Beverly Hills lawyer Elaine W. Mandel to judgeships in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The three are among 13 appointed to trial courts around the state yesterday.

Kralik, 54, has served as a partner with Kralik and Jacobs LLP since last year. He was a principal attorney with Kralik and Associates from 2000 to 2001 and 2004 to 2008 and a partner in Miller Tokuyama Kralik and Sur from 2001 to 2004.

Kralik served as counsel for the Atlantic Richfield Company from 1993 to 2000 and as an associate, then partner, at Hughes Hubbard and Reed between 1979 and 1993. Kralik earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan.

He fills a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Feb. 2.

Court Commissioner

Lawson, 48, has served as commissioner since 2007 and was a deputy public defender for 19 years before that. He holds a law degree from Howard University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kathryne A. Stoltz in February

Mandel, 41, is a partner in Kiesel Boucher Larson LLP, which she joined as an associate in 2000. She was an associate at  Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander and Ferdon from 1992 to 1993 and at Stolpman, Krissman, Elber, Mandel and Katzman from 1993 to 2000.

Her undergraduate and law degrees are from UCLA. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Aurelio Munoz in March.

Other Appointments

Also named as judges yesterday were Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly M. Briggs of the Northern District of California, Alameda Deputy District Attorney Paul M. Delucchi, and Reed Smith partner Paul D. Fogel to the Alameda Superior Court; Supervising Deputy Attorney General Edward G. Weil to the Contra Costa Superior Court; Richard K. Sueyoshi, a partner in the Sacramento firm of Downey Brand, to the Sacramento Superior Court; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Y.S. Cheng of the Northern District of California, San Francisco sole practitioner James P. Collins, Feng and Lee partner Samuel K. Feng, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman attorney Jeffrey S. Ross,  and Carlson Calladine and Peterson senior associate Monica F. Wiley to the San Francisco Superior Court.

Lawson, Mandel, Briggs, Fogel, Weil, Sueyoshi, Cheng, Collins, Ross, and Wiley are Democrats. Kralik, Delucchi and Feng are Republicans.


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