Governor Newsom Announces Judicial Appointments

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his appointments of Judge Hernaldo J. Baltodano as Associate Judge of the Second District Court of Appeals, Division Six, and Jeremy M. Goldman as Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals for the First District, Division Four. The Governor also announced the appointment of 11 Superior Court judges, including five from Los Angeles County; four in San Diego County; one in Placer County; and one in Orange County.

First District Court of Appeals

Jeremy M. Goldman, 53, of Oakland, has been appointed as an associate judge of the First District Court of Appeals, Division Four. He is currently Co-Chief Appeals Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he has also worked as an Assistant City Attorney since 2014. Goldman was previously a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP from 2009 to 2014, and partner there. from 2002 to 2008. He clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2001 to 2002. Goldman received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Alison Tucher to presiding judge of the First District Court of Appeals, Division Three. That position must be confirmed by the Judicial Appointments Commission, which consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Rob Bonta and First District Court of Appeals Senior Presiding Judge Stuart R. Pollak. Goldman is a Democrat.

Second District Court of Appeals

Judge Hernaldo J. Baltodano, 45, of San Luis Obispo, has been appointed associate judge of the Second District Court of Appeals, Division Six. He has been a judge of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court since 2017, where he served as a supervising criminal judge from December 2020 to September 2021. Judge Baltodano was a founding partner and senior litigation partner at Baltodano & Baltodano LLP from 2011 to 2017. He worked as a senior partner at Sanchez & Amador LLP from 2010 to 2011, a senior partner at Anderson McPharlin & Conners LLP in 2010 and a senior partner at Robins Kaplan LLP from 2006 to 2009. He worked as a partner at SR Holguin PC from 2005 to 2006, Employee Law Group from 2004 to 2005, and Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP from 2003 to 2004. Justice Baltodano received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Effective June 30, 2022, he fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Justice Martin J. Tangeman. That position is up for confirmation by the Judicial Appointments Commission, which is made up of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Rob Bonta and Second District Court of Appeals Senior Presiding Judge Arthur Gilbert. Judge Baltodano is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $257,562.

Los Angeles County Superior Court

Rosa M. Fregoso, 56, of the Alhambra, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. She has been Of Counsel at Wright Kim Douglas since 2021. She worked at the California Department of Social Services as an Administrative Law Judge in 2019, Velasco Law Group as an Associate from 2014-2019, as an Individual Practitioner of 2011 to 2014, to the Office of the Alternate Public Defender of Los Angeles as Assistant Alternate Public Defender II from 2007 to 2011, and to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles as a senior prosecutor from 1992 to 2007. Fregoso earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Victor H. Greenberg. Fregoso is a democrat.

Liliana H. Gonzalez, 51, of Los Angeles, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. She has been a Special Assistant to the Office of Specialized Prosecutions and the Office of Fraud and Corruption of the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office since 2021, where she worked as Deputy Chief Assistant from 2018 to 2021, as as VIP Assistant in Charge from 2014 to 2017, and as Assistant District Attorney, Trial Assistant from 1995 to 2014. Gonzalez earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. . She fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Michael D. Abzug. Gonzalez is a Democrat.

Gia Kim, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. She has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California since 2008, where she worked as a research and drafting attorney from 2007 to 2008. She worked at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as than associated. from 2006 to 2007, at Yale Law School as an Academic Fellow from 2005 to 2006, and for Judge William A. Fletcher at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as Legal Clerk of 2004 to 2005. Kim earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rolf M. Treu. Kim is a Democrat.

Gilbert Rodriguez, 68, of Los Angeles, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. He has been an independent lawyer since 2004. He worked at the law firm Rodriguez & Pullara as managing partner from 1995 to 2003, at the law firm of Gilbert Rodriguez as a lawyer from 1986 to 1994, at the law firm of attorneys to Pico, Presley, and Rodriguez as a partner from 1984 to 1986, to the law firm of Amador and Rodriguez as a partner from 1983 to 1984, and to the law firm of Robert Amador as a partner from 1980 to 1982. Rodriguez earned a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Patricia D. Nieto. Rodriguez is a Democrat.

William E. Weinberger, 67, of Los Angeles, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. He has been a shareholder, executive vice president, co-chair of the diversity and inclusion committee and chair of the new business committee at Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian since 2004, where he was previously chair of the litigation practice group. . He worked at Christa & Jackson as a partner from 2002 to 2004, at Selvin & Weiner & Weinberger LLP as a partner from 1985 to 2002, at Hayutin, Rubinroit, Praw & Kupietsky as a partner in 1985, and at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a partner from 1982 to 1984. He worked for Chief Justice Frank J. Battisti in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio as a legal clerk of 1981 to 1982. Weinberger earned a JD from Stanford Law School. He fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge John A. Slawson. Weinberger is a Democrat.

Superior Court of Orange County

Juliet O. Macaulay, 54, of Yorba Linda, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County. She has served as Chief Administrative Law Judge and Deputy Director of the State of California, Department of Human Services, Division of State Hearings since 2020, where she served as Presiding Administrative Law Judge from 2016-2020 , as Administrative Law Judge II from 2014-2016. , and as Administrative Law Judge I from 2012-2014. parolees from 2004 to 2012, notably as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. She was a sole practitioner from 1997 to 2004 and a legal assistant at the law firm of Victor O. Moses from 1996 to 1997. She worked at Tokunbo Olugbenga & Co, Legal Practitioners as an Attorney from 1992 to 1995 and at International Leasing and Investments. Company as an outside solicitor from 1992 to 1994. Macaulay obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Ibadan, Faculty of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Salvador Sarmiento. Macaulay is a Democrat.

Placer County Superior Court

Trisha J. Hirashima, 45, of Granite Bay, has been appointed as a judge of the Placer County Superior Court. She has served as senior legal research counsel at Placer County Superior Court since 2011, where she has also served as a part-time commissioner since 2021. She worked at Huddleston & Sipos Law Group as an associate from 2005 to 2011, at David Williams, attorney-at-law as a contract attorney from 2004 to 2005. Hirashima received a JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law. She fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Mark S. Curry. Hirashima is a Democrat.

San Diego County Superior Court

Charles E. Bell Jr., 40, of San Diego, has been appointed as a judge of the San Diego County Superior Court. He has served as the City Attorney for the National City, City Attorney’s Office since 2020. He served as the Assistant City Attorney in the San Luis Obispo City Attorney’s Office from 2019 to 2020. Bell served as Chief Assistant District Attorney of the city and deputy. City Attorney in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office from 2014 to 2019. He worked at McCarthy & Holthus LLP as a senior civil litigation associate and office manager from 2008 to 2014. Bell graduated of Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard EL Strauss. Bell is a Democrat.

Adelaida Lopez, 45, of San Marcos, has been appointed as a judge of the San Diego County Superior Court. She has been Assistant Public Defender III at the San Diego County, Office of the Senior Public Defender since 2006. Lopez earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Justice Sharon B. Majors-Lewis. Lopez is a Democrat.

Peter A. Lynch, 62, of San Diego, has been appointed as a judge of the San Diego County Superior Court. He has been Vice President, Office Managing Partner at Cozen O’Connor since 1988. He worked at Frank & Freedus as an associate from 1987-1988 and at USMC Yuma Legal Services Support Detachment as a defense attorney, prosecutor, and legal aid officer from 1985 to 1987. Lynch earned a JD from Southern Illinois University School of Law. He fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Amalia L. Meza. Lynch is a Democrat.

Christopher S. Morris, 57, of San Diego, has been appointed as a judge of the San Diego County Superior Court. He has been an independent practitioner since 2004. He worked at Aguirre and Severson as an associate from 2008 to 2013. Morris worked at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office in several roles, as Assistant City Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division from 2004 to 2007, Chief Assistant City Attorney from 2000 to 2003, Assistant City Attorney for Civil Litigation from 1996 to 1999, Assistant City Attorney, Criminal Division from 1993 to 1994, and in as Assistant City Attorney, Trial Unit from 1992 to 1993. He worked at Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack as an associate in 1995. Brigham Young University. He fills the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Margo Lewis Hoy. Morris is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $225,074.

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