Friday, October 26, 2001
Davis Appoints Two Private Practitioners to Sacramento Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis yesterday appointed Sacramento lawyers David W. Abbott and Emily E. Vasquez to the Sacramento Superior Court.
Abbott, 52, a frequent judge pro tem in mandatory settlement conferences in Placer and Sacramento Superior Courts, has worked at several Sacramento law firms. He worked at the Freidberg Law Corporation from 1978 to 1982, at Gessford, Sevey & Alpar and its successor, Gessford & Abbott, from 1982 to 1990, and as a sole practitioner from 1990 to 1996. He formed Abbott and Nolen in 1996.
His practice focuses on plaintiff’s tort litigation.
After becoming a member of the State Bar in 1973, Abbott served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He received his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
Vasquez, 50, began her legal career as an attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance in 1977. She became commission counsel for the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1981, an appellate attorney for the California Public Relations Board in 1983, and a Sacramento assistant public defender in 1985.
She moved to the private sector in 1993, joining the Sacramento law firm of Kronick, Moscovitz, Tiedemann & Girard.
Vasquez was appointed by then-Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas to the Commission on the Future of the Courts, and she has served on a number of association boards.
She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law.
Superior Court judges earn $133,051 a year.
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