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Friday, April 22, 2011


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Attorney Brad Hertz Joins S.F.-Based Sutton Law Firm


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles attorney Bradley W. Hertz, an election law specialist, joined The Sutton Law Firm yesterday.

Hertz said he will establish a local office of the San Francisco-based firm, which will be located in West Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Hertz said he will serve as the firm’s primary litigator.

The new office will be made up of “just myself for now” but will be aiming to grow, he said. Hertz joins the firm from Reed & Davidson, where he spent the last 21 years.

“It seemed like a good time to switch gears,” he told the MetNews. He said he got to know the head of the firm, James Sutton, through the California Political Attorneys Association and while working on various matters, “and it was a good fit.”

 The Sutton Law Firm represents businesses, individuals, candidates, ballot measure committees, political action committees and nonprofit organizations involved in the political and legislative processes on the local, state and national levels.

In addition to regulatory work, Hertz has represented numerous local political figures in litigation over election results, candidate statements, and ballot designations. Hertz is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the State Bar in 1988.  

In other news, Best Best & Krieger LLP yesterday announced that it has hired five members of its 2009 class of summer associates to join the firm’s municipal and redevelopment law practice, including one in Los Angeles.

Jill Willis, a BB&K partner and chair of the firm’s recruiting committee said the firm was “glad to bring aboard the associates and make them part of a thriving practice.”

New local associate Jonathan M. Franz graduated last year from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, according to his firm biography.

While in law school, he externed for U.S. District Judge James. L Graham of the Southern District of Ohio, successfully represented an indigent party in an adoption law dispute pending in the Supreme Court of Ohio, and studied abroad at the University of Oxford.

He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy, graduating magna cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 2006.

His practice involves counseling clients on matters related to redevelopment, civil and criminal code enforcement, and public and private contracting,

Katherine A. Christenson is joining the firm’s Irvine office, while Kevin Wang is becoming part of the Sacramento location and the Ontario branch is adding Ruben R. Espinoza and Andrew D. Maiorano.

All five of the new associates were admitted to the State Bar of California last year .


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