Newsom Announces Appointments to LA County Superior Court Bench


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles County's head deputy public defender and the director of content litigation at Netflix Inc. were among seven appointees named today by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench.

The appointees, listed in alphabetical order, are:

-- Lee S. Arian, 57, of Los Angeles, who has been a partner at Nelson Hardiman since 2017. He was vice president of advisory services at Optum Inc. from 2015 to 2017 and staff vice president at Anthem Inc. from 2004 to 2015. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Scott M. Gordon. Arian is a Democrat;

-- Lee R. Bogdanoff, 59, of Santa Monica, was of counsel at Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP from 2017 to 2019, where he was managing and founding partner from 1999 to 2017. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bradley S. Silverman. Bogdanoff is registered without party preference;

-- Adam Y. Chang, 43, of Los Angeles County, has been a founding partner at Kundani Chang Khinda Wilson LLP since 2014. He served as a deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office from 2007 to 2014. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Georgina T. Rizk. Chang is a Democrat;

-- Katherine Chilton, 61, of Los Angeles, has been director of content litigation at Netflix since 2017. She held several positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. from 1993 to 2017, including vice president and senior litigation counsel. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Marvin M. Lager. Chilton is a Democrat;

-- Karen Moskowitz, 63, of Studio City, has been a sole practitioner since 2003. She was a partner at Margolis and Morin LLP from 1995 to 2003. Moskowitz earned a doctoral law degree from the UC Hastings College of the Law. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Dec. 17. Moskowitz is a Democrat;

-- Leonard Torrealba, 60, of Altadena, has been a prosecutor at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office since 1986 and an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern Law School since 2018. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward A. Ferns. Torrealba is a Democrat; and

-- Jeanmarie Klingenbeck Warren, 57, of Long Beach, has served since 2017 as head deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, where she has held several positions since 1989, including deputy public defender, deputy in charge of the Bellflower branch and law clerk. Warren fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Katherine Mader. She is a Democrat.


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