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SECURITY CHIEF IS CJP’S NEW MEMBER SACRAMENTO — Coca-Cola Bottling Co.’s chief of security in Southern California is the newest member of the Commission on Judicial Performance. Gov. Gray Davis announced the appointment of the commissioner, Jose Miramontes of San Bernardino, on Wednesday. According to the governor’s press release, Miramontes heads up security at 18 distribution facilities in Southern California. Miramontes is also active in the Latino community. He helped found and was the first president of the East Los Angeles Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Six years ago, he was elected state president of the association. In 2000, he became president of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Miramontes has a bachelor of science degree in political science from California State University-Los Angeles. Like the other 10 commission members, Miramontes’ appointment is a four-year term. He will not receive a salary and does not have to be confirmed by the Senate. Miramontes is one of six laypeople who sit alongside one appeal court justice, two trial court judges and two attorneys on the commission. – Jeff Chorney TOWNSEND PARTNER RETURNS TO THE FOLD Townsend and Townsend and Crew is opening an office in San Diego on July 1 with partner Karen Dow, who is returning to Townsend after a two-year stint at Morrison & Foerster. “We have been looking at Southern California for a while and are firmly convinced that if we’re going to be the top intellectual property firm on the West Coast, we need a presence in Southern California,” said Townsend Chairman James Gilliland Jr. Townsend has several clients in San Diego, including the University of California, Scripps Research Institute and biotech companies Novartis AG and Quidel Corp. Gilliland said the firm decided to open an outpost when Dow, who had been a partner at Townsend from 1991 to 2001, expressed interest in rejoining the firm. Dow had joined MoFo’s San Diego office after moving from the Bay Area. She is co-chair of the firm’s life sciences practice and focuses on obtaining and enforcing patents in the biotechnology and chemistry area. “For me personally I enjoy being in a smaller sized firm and enjoy that interaction,” Dow said. “Since I had a long history with Townsend it’s very comfortable for me.” Townsend has also recruited Sean Collin, a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop’s San Diego office who will join the firm as of counsel, and partner Thomas Coverstone, from San Diego’s Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Gilliland said Townsend would hire associates when the office opens next month and anticipates it will grow to about nine attorneys within the next year. The 150-attorney Townsend has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, Denver and Seattle. – Brenda Sandburg GRAY CARY LOSES ONE PARTNER, GAINS ONE Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe lured away partner Walter Brown Jr. from Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich to plump its white-collar criminal defense practice. Gray Cary also added a new partner this week, bringing tax specialist Sang-Youp Kim on board from KPMG International. While with the accounting giant for five years, Kim focused on international tax planning for technology companies. Kim started work at Gray Cary on Monday, the same day Brown started his new job at Orrick as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. Brown’s departure ended a 16-month tenure at Gray Cary. He had made the jump to Gray Cary from Thelen Reid & Priest in March 2002 to work with a larger white-collar crime practice. The move to Orrick, Brown said, was for similar reasons. “The big difference is that it’s a national, and perhaps international, platform,” Brown said. “It’s a platform that will enable me to expand and grow my practice.” Before going into private practice at Thelen in 1994, Brown spent five years as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. – Renee Deger

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