Three partners from large law firms and a career clerk for a federal judge in San Jose landed on the latest list of 33 lawyers that termed-out California Gov. Jerry Brown has picked for the state trial court bench.
The governor appointed Craig Barnes, the former managing partner the Los Angeles office of now-defunct Sedgwick LLP, to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Barnes, 61, has been a partner at Clyde and Co., a UK-based global insurance law firm, since 2018. Also in Los Angeles Superior, the governor appointed Sabina Helton, 54, a shareholder at Buchalter since 2016.
In Santa Clara Superior Court, Brown appointed 48-year old Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Frederick Chung to the bench. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Chung was an associate at Morrison & Foerster from 1996 to 2003. Also in Santa Clara County, Charles Adams, the 40-year-old clerk of U.S. District Judge Edward Davila has been appointed to a judgeship. Adams has worked as a clerk for Davila since 2011. He was previously a staff attorney and legal research attorney from 2006 to 2011 at the Santa Clara County court, where Davila previously sat on the bench.
The full list of Thursday’s appointees is below: