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L.A. JUDGE NAMED PRESIDENT OF CJA Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Friedman has been elected president of the California Judges Association. Friedman, 55, was chosen on Thursday and will be the group’s 74th president, succeeding Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Mize. He begins his one-year term on Sept. 11. Friedman was elected to the superior court in 1994, after serving four terms in the state Assembly. He previously served as supervising judge of the L.A. Dependency Court and presiding judge of the Juvenile Court. In 2001, he was named “Juvenile Court Judge of the Year” by the Juvenile Court Judges of California. Friedman got his degree at Boalt Hall School of Law in 1976, and worked for two years as a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. From 1978 to 1986, he was executive director of Bet Tzedek, which provides free legal assistance in the L.A. area. Also on Thursday, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Bradley Hill and San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis were elected vice presidents of CJA. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Lisa Guy-Schall was chosen secretary-treasurer. — Mike McKee BROBECK EX-PARTNERS FIGHT BANKRUPTCY SUITS Ten former partners at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison have asked the San Francisco bankruptcy court to throw out suits filed against them by the firm’s bankruptcy trustee. In January, trustee Ronald Greenspan sued all former Brobeck partners for distributions they received in 2001 and 2002, during which time he alleges the firm was insolvent. The 10 partners challenging him were sued for $130,000 to $1.2 million. The partners claim that the trustee has misinterpreted California law governing limited liability partnerships to say they are not entitled to any compensation for their work. “Under the trustee’s interpretation of the statutes, law partners who stay with the partnership and continue working to generate receivables while the firm experiences financial difficulty face the greatest liability,” Cecily Dumas, who is representing eight junior partners, wrote in a June 1 filing. “Law partners are incentivized by the trustee to disassociate from the partnership at the earliest sign of financial trouble, with the first leaving facing the least liability exposure,” continued Dumas, of Friedman Dumas & Springwater. Greenspan’s attorneys filed a June 8 motion opposing the partners’ request. A hearing on the motions will be held June 30. As of last month, 212 partners had settled for amounts less than Greenspan cited in his complaint. — Brenda Sandburg FENWICK LITIGATOR GOES TO HOWREY Securities litigation partner David Lisi has jumped from Fenwick & West to Howrey. Lisi’s last day at Fenwick was Friday. He is the first securities litigator in Howrey’s 30-lawyer Menlo Park office. Howrey has 43 securities litigators firmwide, while Fenwick has about a dozen. Howrey changed its name six weeks ago, shortening it from Howrey Simon Arnold & White. “I was really impressed with the firm’s litigation resources and the ability to bring those resources to bear on a national and international level for my clients,” Lisi said. Lisi advises corporate directors and defends individuals, companies and underwriters in securities class actions, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions disputes and SEC and NASD proceedings. His clients have included Juniper Networks Inc., Siebel Systems Inc., Ocular Sciences Inc. and Silicon Image Inc. Lisi spent about six years at Fenwick. Prior to that he had five-year stints at Cooley Godward and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. — Brenda Sandburg O’MELVENY VET RETURNS TO STATE Daniel Deshon, a Davis Wright Tremaine partner from Seattle, has joined Nixon Peabody’s public finance practice in San Francisco. Deshon started as a partner at Nixon Peabody earlier this month. “He really complements the public finance practice that we have in California that we have sought to develop over the last few years,” said Richard Hoffman, the partner who manages Nixon Peabody’s California offices. “We took a major step [earlier] when we brought Rick Jones and Travis Gibbs.” Jones and Gibbs, based in Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office, worked with Deshon at O’Melveny. Deshon worked at O’Melveny for 17 years, in the Los Angeles, Hong Kong and San Francisco offices, before moving to DWT about 1 1/2 years ago. Deshon, who represents such power entities as Douglas PUD and Chelan PUD, also has relationships with underwriters of power companies. He said that after joining DWT he realized he needed to be at a firm with greater resources. “I needed specific tax advice that just wasn’t there,” he said. “And candidly, having spent the vast majority of my career in California, a lot of my contacts were in California, rather than Seattle. — Marie-Anne Hogarth

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