Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Gov. Gray Davis appointed four attorneys with a range of backgrounds to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlaine Olmedo, UCLA School of Law professor John Shepard Wiley Jr. and civil litigators Mark Juhas and Steven Kleifield were named to the bench. Since 1994, Olmedo, 37, has worked for the U.S. attorney’s office. Most recently, she served in the Organized Crime Strike Force, where she investigated and prosecuted Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act-related charges, including drug and weapons trafficking, credit card fraud and murder. She has also been designated as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney in order to handle state prosecutions arising from her investigations. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Wiley, 49, teaches antitrust, intellectual property, evidence and criminal law at UCLA School of Law. He clerked for First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Coffin and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Jr. Wiley took a leave of absence from UCLA to work as a prosecutor in the major frauds and crimes sections of the U.S. attorney’s office. He earned his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. Since 1979, Juhas, 47, has practiced insurance defense and represented self-insured companies while with the Los Angeles law firm of Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter. He has served frequently as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and has been a member of the Defense Research Institute. Juhas serves on the board of directors for AIDS Project Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Kleifeld, 48, a partner with the law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, has represented plaintiffs in personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, wrongful termination and discrimination cases. He is active in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and was a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He earned his law degree from George Washington University National Law Center. The four judges will each earn a salary of $139,476.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.