Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, September 23, 2010


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Governor Appoints Two Attorneys to State Board Posts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has tapped Orange County investor Yuri Vanetik, a Pennsylvania attorney, to join the California State Lottery Commission, and has named Merced attorney Sharon Williams to the Merced County Fair Board of Directors.

The governor’s office announced the nominations of the two Republicans Monday. Vanetik’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Vanetik, 40, is a managing partner of Orange County-based private investment and advisory firm Vanetik International. He has also been vice chairman of Fullerton insurance industry software firm InformINS Incorporated since 1999 and managing director of the investment committee at GR Capital Asset Management since 2007.

He was a co-founder and partner for Orange County corporate governance law firm Iger, Koehler & Vanetik from 2002 to 2003, and before that was an attorney for Pittsburgh, Pa., firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart—which became part of K&L Gates LLP in a 2007 merger—from 1997 to 1999.

Vanetik attended college at UC Berkeley and law school at UC Hastings. He obtained his license to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1998, but is currently listed by the state’s disciplinary board as being on inactive status.

Compensation for the position on the Lottery Commission is $100 per diem.

Williams, 44, has been principal attorney for the Law Office of Sharon E. Williams since 1998, and before that worked as an associate attorney at Flanagan, Mason, Robbins Gnass & Corman from 1994 to 1998.

She is a member of the Merced College Foundation, Guide Dogs for the Blind and is president of Cruickshank Middle School Performing Arts Boosters.

Williams joined the State Bar of California in 1994 after attending Arizona State University and McGeorge School of Law.

The Merced County Fair Board of Directors represents the 35th District Agricultural Association, an entity of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Division of Fairs & Expositions.

A position on the board does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary


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