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Friday, July 10, 2009


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Patrick Kelly Elected to State Bar Board of Governors


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The State Bar yesterday announced that Patrick M. Kelly has won his bid for the District Seven seat on the Board of Governors, beating out Jeremy B. Rosen of Horvitz & Levy and self-described anarchist Jeffrey P. Lustman, a non-practicing attorney working as a private investigator.

District Seven represents of all of Los Angeles County and has a total of five lawyer representatives on the board who serve staggered three-year terms.

Clark Gehlbach of Roseville won the District One seat, Cheryl Hicks of Oakland won the District Three seat, Lowell Carruth of Fresno won the District Five seat, and Wells Lyman of La Mesa won the District Nine seat.

The new members of the board will be sworn in at the barís annual meeting Sept. 12 in San Diego.

Kelly, 66, is western region managing partner for Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, and his practice primarily focuses on insurance defense and complex commercial litigation.

In March, Kelly secured the endorsement of the Breakfast Club, a dues-paid organization open to any lawyer practicing within Los Angeles County which primarily endorses candidates for the Board of Governors race. Kelly has previously chaired the group, whose nominees have won the last eight elections for seats on the board.

He is a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, former member of the Commission on Judicial Nominations Evaluation and former president of the Coalition for Justice. He also served on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

Kelly received his law degree from Loyola Law School and his undergraduate degree from Pomona College.

The State Bar Board of Governors meets approximately eight times a year to debate organizational, policy and professional issues. It consists of 15 attorney members elected by their peers in geographic districts.

District Seven is also represented by James H. Aguirre of Richardson & Fair; Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela J. Davis; retired State Bar Court Judge Michael D. Marcus, now a private judge with ADR Services Inc.; and former Los Angeles County Bar Association President Rex S. Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.


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