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LACBA Committee Nominates Richard Burdge as President-Elect


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Richard A. Burdge has been nominated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association as its president-elect for the 2011-2012 term, the association said yesterday.

Following longstanding tradition, the associationís nominating committee tapped Burdge, currently senior vice president, to move up to the president-electís post. The current president-elect, Eric Webber, will succeed Alan Steinbrecher on July 1 and the newly elected officers and directors will begin their terms that day as well.

The committee also tapped current Vice President Patricia Egan Daehnke to succeed Burdge and Linda L. Curtis, who was elected a trustee last year, to succeed Daenhke.

Absent any challengers, an historically unlikely occurrence, the nominees will be declared elected in June.†

P. Patrick Ashouri, Brian K. Condon, David C. Eisman, Jacqueline J. Harding, Harumi Hata, and Evan A. Jenness were nominated for elected at-large trustee positions. Lawrence C. Hinkle II and Duncan W. Crabtree-Ireland were also named, respectively, to represent the John M. Langston Bar Association and Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles on the board.

New Practice

Burdge was a partner with now-defunct Howrey LLP. On April 1 he will be opening his own business law practice downtown, according to the LACBA release.

He is married to Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee S. Edmon.

Daehnke is a shareholder and manager of the Las Vegas office of Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, OīKeefe & Nichols. She specializes in medical malpractice and healthcare-related litigation across a wide range of medical disciplines.

Daehnke has served as LACBAís program committee chair, secretary, treasurer, and Litigation Section chair.

Curtis is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member of the firmís Global Finance, Business Restructuring and Reorganization and Corporate Transactions practice groups. She currently serves as a member of LACBAís Finance and Audit Committees. The attorney previously served as treasurer and chair of† the groupís Business & Corporations Law Section as well as chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.

Ashouri specializes in real estate and business law, land use and litigation at his firm, Ashouri Law Offices. He has served as an affiliate and at-large representative on the board of trustees, and as a member of the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee.

Condon is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and focuses on commercial and business litigation. He has served as a member of the LACBA Foundation board of directors for more than 10 years, most recently as president.

Eisman is a partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and investment management. He currently serves as chair of LACBAís Business & Corporations Law Section, as a member of the Audit Committee, as a member of the Large Law Firm Committee; and as treasurer and program co-chair of the Business & Corporations Law Section.

Labor Lawyer

Harding is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and focuses on labor and employment law as well as product liability, business and health care litigation. She currently serves as an elected affiliate trustee representing the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and has participated in the Barristers, Labor & Employment, Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Sections, the Large Law Firm Committee and as a member of the LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force on the retention and promotion of women lawyers.

Hata is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the corporate and finance practice group.† She has participated in several LACBA sections and committees including the Business & Corporations Law Section, the International Law Section and as Chair of the Large Law Firm committee.

Jenness is a criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Evan A. Jenness, and practices primarily in the area of business crimes.† She is the chair of LACBAís Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee, and serves as the co-chair of the Central District of Californiaís Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; treasurer of the Federal Bar Associationís Los Angeles Chapter; and board member and ethics advisory co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Hinkle is a partner at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP specializing in entertainment and business litigation matters, including real estate, technology, finance, apparel and manufacturing.

Former Trustee

Crabtree-Ireland is deputy national executive director and general counsel of the Screen Actors Guild. He served on the LACBA board of trustees from 2008-2010, and as a member the Conference of Delegates, the Labor & Employment Law Section and the Audit Committee.

Any eligible LACBA member who was not nominated by the committee may run for a board seat after submitting a written nomination form signed by at least 25 members. . Similarly, current or former trustees may run for the three highest executive committee posts by filing a written nomination that at least 25 members have signed.

The petition deadline is May 2, a LACBA spokesperson said.


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