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Monday, July 21, 2014


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Oakland Firm Burnham Brown Opens Los Angeles Office


The Oakland law firm of Burnham Brown has opened a Los Angeles office.

The firm, which traces its roots back to 1899, said the office—located at 515 S. Flower Street, in the City National Plaza—will be staffed by lead partner Cathy Arias and associate Aneiko Hickerson.

The office will initially focus on employment, insurance, retail and transportation industry clients, the firm said. Burnham Brown also has a new office in San Francisco, which will focus primarily on toxic tort, insurance and business litigation, and an existing office in Reno, Nev.

A number of new judicial assignments have taken effect in the Los Angeles Superior Court:

Judge Dorothy C. Kim is assigned to criminal Department 66, Metropolitan Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Department 61, Metropolitan. Judge Daniel J. Lowenthal is assigned to criminal Department S02, Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach, from Department 7, Downey Courthouse.

Judge Sally L. Meloch is assigned to civil Department S12, Deukmejian Courthouse, from Dept. S02, Deukmejian. Judge Peter J. Mirich is moving from Department S12 civil Department S29 in the same courthouse,

Judge Joseph R. Porras is assigned to criminal Department 7, Downey Courthouse, from Department 2, East Los Angeles Courthouse. Judge Gregorio Roman has moved to Porras’ former department from Department 66, Metropolitan Courthouse.

Newly appointed Judge Gustavo N. Sztraicher is assigned to traffic Department 61, Metropolitan Courthouse.

Commissioner Steff Padilla is assigned to juvenile dependency Department 426, Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center, Lancaster, from Department A13, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, Lancaster. Newly elected Commissioner Robert J. Palazzolo is assigned to Padilla’s former department.

Judge Beverly Bourne is assigned to criminal Department 73, Metropolitan Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Depart­ment 70, Metropolitan. Newly appointed Judge Enrique Monguia is assigned to Department 70, as his first permanent assignment.

Judge Yolanda Orozco is assigned to criminal Department 65, Metropolitan Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Department 73. Judge Valerie Salkin is assigned to criminal Department 3, Santa Clarita Courthouse, from Department 65.

Also, two new commissioner assignments are effective July 28. Commissioner Marshall Rieger is assigned to family law Department 8, the Restraining Order Center at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, from Department 2H, Central Civil West Courthouse, Los Angeles, and new Commissioner Nancy Ramirez is assigned to Department 2H.

Superior Court Judge Joseph DiLoreto is officially retiring July 31. His successor-to-be, Christopher Frisco, was elected in June and is due to take office Jan. 5.

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Legislative Committee is holding a sushi luncheon Thursday. 

 It will feature speaker Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author of “The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors.” She will provide advice to women navigating their first board position, as well as advice to companies recruiting female board candidates.

The event will take place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 355 S. Grand Ave, 28th Fl, Los Angeles.

The price to attend is $55 for non-members and $45 for members. RSVP is required to WLALA at 213-892-8982. Information is available by contacting

Online registration is also available at until the day of the event. MCLE credit is not available, but attendees will receive signed copies of the speaker’s book.


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