Governor Brown Appoints Seven to Los Angeles County Superior Court


6-28-2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Maria Andrea Davalos, Dean Hansell, David E. Hizami, Lisa R. Jaskol, Andrew C. Kim, LaRonda J. McCoy and William L. Sadler to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Davalos, 44, of Costa Mesa, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 2006. She served as a deputy city prosecutor at the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office from 2000 to 2006. Davalos earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Davalos fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge John L. Segal to the Court of Appeal. She is a Democrat.

Hansell, 64, of Los Angeles, has been a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP since 2012. He was a partner at Dewey and LeBoeuf from 1988 to 2012, where he was an associate from 1986 to 1988. Hansell served as a police commissioner at the Los Angeles Police Department from 1997 to 2001. He was an associate at Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine from 1984 to 1986 and at Lillick, McHose and Charles from 1982 to 1984. He served as a prosecutor at the Federal Trade Commission from 1980 to 1982 and as an assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office from 1977 to 1980. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University. Hansell fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Arthur H. Jean. He is a Democrat.

Hizami, 49, of Encino, has served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office since 1993. He was an associate at O’Flaherty and Belgum in 1993. Hizami earned a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Hizami fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Luis A. Lavin to the Court of Appeal. Hizami is a Democrat.

Jaskol, 56, of Los Angeles, has been directing attorney of Public Counsel Law Center’s Appellate Law Program since 2007. She was a partner at Horvitz and Levy LLP from 2004 to 2007, where she was an associate from 1991 to 2001. Jaskol was directing attorney of Public Counsel Law Center’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project from 2001 to 2004, an associate at Irell and Manella LLP from 1989 to 1991 and a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson from 1988 to 1989. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College. Jaskol fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Owen Lee Kwong. She is a Democrat.

Kim, 42, of Irvine, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999. Kim earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Leland B. Harris. Kim is a Democrat.

McCoy, 55, of Cerritos, has been head deputy at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2015, where she has served in several positions since 1996. She served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1990 to 1996. McCoy earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. McCoy fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald V. Skyers. She is a Democrat.

Sadler, 52, of Santa Monica, has served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2014. He served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1988 to 2014. Sadler earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton. He fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge Jan A. Pluim. Sadler is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $189,041.

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