Thursday, May 13, 2010
Governor Names Superior Court Judges, Including Former L.A. Prosecutor
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday appointed five superior court judges around the state, including a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney named to the Orange Superior Court.
The governor’s office announced the appointment of former prosecutor Daphne S. Scott, now with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, as well the appointments of Corona attorney Daniel A. Ottolia to the Riverside Superior Court and Sonoma County Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert M. LaForge to his county’s superior court.
Schwarzenegger also elevated Ventura Superior Court Commissioners Mark S. Borrell and David M. Hirsch.
Scott, 46, began her legal career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1990. She joined the Compton City Attorney’s Office in 1993, where she served as a prosecutor for five years.
Scott later spent two years as an assistant U.S. attorney, three years as a partner with Cheathem, Phillips & Scott, and four years as a sole practitioner before joining the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in 2007.
A Republican, Scott graduated from Spelman College and the City University of New York Law School. She was admitted to the State Bar in 1990.
Ottolia, 53, of Corona, has been a sole practitioner since 1995. He previously served as a partner for Shafer, Hiskey and Ottolia from 1985 to 1995, and as a Riverside county deputy district attorney from 1984 to 1985.
Ottolia is a Republican, and attended law school at Georgetown University after graduating from UC Irvine. He joined the State Bar in 1983.
LaForge, 41, has served as a chief deputy district attorney for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office since 2008, and served as a deputy district attorney from 2004 to 2008 and from 1998 to 2004. An attorney for Mullen and Filippi in 2004, he also served as a deputy district attorney for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 1998.
A Republican, LaForge graduated from California State University, Long Beach and Western State University College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1995.
Borrell, 50, has served as a commissioner since 2005. Previously, he was an attorney for Benton, Orr, Duval and Buckingham from 1993 to 2005 and for Borrell and Borrell from 1986 to 1993. A Democrat, he attended McGeorge School of Law and University of Colorado at Boulder, and joined the State Bar in 1986.
Hirsch, 43, has served as a commissioner since 2008. Previously, he was a deputy public defender for the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2008 and an associate for the Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor from 2002 to 2003.
Hirsch was a sole practitioner from 2000 to 2002 and deputy district attorney in Shasta County from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that, he was vice president and general counsel for Hirsch Development from 1995 to 1997 and an associate for the Law Offices of Joseph Ryan in 1994. Hirsch also served as a volunteer attorney for the Long Beach City Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 1994.
Hirsch is registered decline-to-state, and graduated from UCLA and the University of San Diego School of Law. He joined the State Bar in 1992.
Compensation for each of the positions is $178,789.
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