Governor Brown Appoints Three to Santa Clara County Superior Court


12-12-2014

SACRAMENTO Ė Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Eric S. Geffon, Roberta S. Hayashi and Cynthia C. Lie to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Geffon, 44, of Los Altos, has been an owner at Geffon and Isger since 2001. He served as a deputy public defender at the Santa Clara County Public Defenderís Office from 1996 to 2001. Geffon earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas W. Cain. Geffon is a Democrat.

Hayashi, 56, of Los Gatos, has been head of the employment law practice and a litigation partner at Berliner Cohen Attorneys at Law since 2006, where she was a partner from 1990 to 2000 and an associate from 1982 to 1989. Hayashi was a partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP from 2003 to 2005 and head of the employment law practice at Skjerven Morrill LLP from 2001 to 2003. She was president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in 2001 and of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 1996. Hayashi earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rene Navarro. Hayashi is a Democrat.

Lie, 46, of Oakland, has served as an assistant federal public defender at the San Jose Branch of the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Northern District of California since 2003. She served as a staff attorney at the City and County of San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints from 2002 to 2003 and was a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Cynthia C. Lie from 2001 to 2003. Lie was a litigation associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP in 2000 and served as a deputy public defender at the San Diego County Public Defenderís Office from 1995 to 2000. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Andrea Bryan. Lie is registered without party preference.

The compensation for each of these positions is $184, 610.

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