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Monday, July 11, 2011


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Craig Holden Elected to State Bar Board of Governors


By SHERRI M. OKAMOTO, Staff Writer


Los Angeles attorney Craig E. Holden, a partner with Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP, has been elected to the State Bar Board of Governors, officials announced Friday.

The election received a turnout of only 12.5 percent of those eligible to cast ballots, down from 19 percent last year, State Bar officials said.

Holden beat out Manhattan Beach lawyer Joseph R. Donnini, Deputy Public Defender Rhonda Haymon and Jeffrey Lustman, a non-practicing attorney working as a private investigator, for the one available seat for District Seven—which represents all of Los Angeles County.

He received a total of 2,875 votes, far surpassing Haymon, who finished second with 934 votes. Donnini received 784 votes, and Lustman, 605.

His election continues the Breakfast’s Club’s streak of endorsing the winning candidate in every Board of Governors race since 2003.

The organization, which is open on a dues-paid basis to any lawyer practicing within Los Angeles County, has been endorsing Board of Governors candidates for nearly four decades and voted to back Holden early on in his campaign.

Holden is set to assume office at the conclusion of the State Bar Annual Meeting in September, when the three-year terms for current District Seven representatives James H. Aguirre of Richardson & Fair, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela J. Davis, end. Only one seat is available in District Seven this year due to redistricting in 2010 to reflect shifts in the state’s attorney population.

The 23-member 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, and five seats were vacated this year.

Nancy L. Fineman of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP was selected as the District Four representative for Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Mark W. Shem of Borton Petrini LLP fills the District Six spot, representing Santa Clara County.

Fullerton attorney Pearl Mann won the District Eight seat, representing Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Heather Linn Rosing of Klinedinst PC was chosen to serve Imperial, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as the District Nine representative.


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