Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…by Steve Henderson, Executive Director, M.A., CAE

Mathew Purcell of Wolpert Niedens and Purcell is moving to Washington State and took the state’s bar exam in February. He will be sorely missed and the Law Offices of Marsha Niedens are pleased to welcome Jennifer Groce as an associate attorney. Jennifer will continue to handle family law, guardianships, adoptions and criminal matters. She may be reached at 987-8809 or niedenslaw@yahoo.com …An Arkansas lawyer who missed a scheduled court hearing on the day the state’s Attorney General admitted that the two had had an “inappropriate” extramarital relationship has been held in contempt and fined $100. Attorney Andrea Davis of Hot Springs was upset about the December announcement by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who was then running for governor, and didn’t think she’d be able to focus on the Garland County Circuit Court case, said her lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig…Paul Zahn is a new daddy! Katelyn Emma was born February 26 at 12:23 p.m. weighing-in at seven pounds and one ounce. Momma Erica doing very well…

Four years after meeting in an elevator in Mammoth, Rick Becker and Katie Hause got married on Saturday, March 9, at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles. They are headed to France on Memorial Day for almost three weeks…The law firm with the most lawyers in Los Angeles County is not O’Melveny & Myers, and it’s not not O’Melveny & Myers, and it’s not Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. The largest firm, according to a ranking and a story by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is “low key” Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Lewis Brisbois has 271 lawyers in the county, compared to 260 lawyers at O’Melveny, 257 lawyers at Gibson Dunn, 223 lawyers at Latham & Watkins, and 200 lawyers at Sheppard Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Lewis Brisbois has added 61 lawyers in the last five years, while O’Melveny has shrunk by 110 lawyers…Dick and Georgie Regnier, part of a sixteen-member team of California Rotarians, went to Northern India for NID (National Immunization Day) February 24, and provided polio vaccine to children under five to help eradicate polio worldwide…

Jim Griffin’s correct new email address is jamesgriffin@waiconnor.com not jimgriffin blab bla bla…A longtime Washington, D.C., criminal defense lawyer portrayed by a prosecutor as a serial violator of legal ethics rules was sentenced March 14 to 63 months in federal prison for presenting staged photographs and perjured testimony as evidence at a client’s drug trial. A defense lawyer for Charles Daum had sought a one-year prison term, while the government urged U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler to sentence him to the 78 months at the top of the federal sentencing guidelines range that applied to his case. His 63-month sentence was at the bottom of the guidelines range. Kessler said the “shocking” crime had threatened the integrity of the justice system…Carol Woo and Maureen Houska launched Woo/Houska LLP March 1. They may be found at 5700 Ralston Street, Suite 311, in Ventura. Congrats may be made at cwoo@woohouska.com or mhouska@woohouska.com. Indeed, they may also be reached at 658-6300…

DK Law Group announced that Deborah Meyer-Morris has joined the firm’s litigation practice. Her new email address is dmm@dk4law.com or call 988-4848…Court proceedings can be excessively boring; not every hearing can be like an episode of Judge Judy. But if you’re the judge, you’re kinda being paid to pay attention – and you are certainly not being paid to IM your wife that plaintiffs are “acting crazy.” The ABA Journal reports that a New Mexico judge has resigned after admitting he sent “excessive and improper” IMs to his wife, also a court employee, during work. Judge Eugenio Mathis admitted he used the court’s internet to send IMs to his wife that included shit-talking other judges and “judicial statements” about cases that had yet to be settled. The New Mexico Judicial Studies Committee also alleges that Judge Mathis sent sexually explicit IMs to his wife during court time, including one that said, “Don’t come knocking if the jury room is rockin’.”…Thomas P. Lowe, a divorce lawyer in Eagan, Minn., has been barred from practicing law for the next fifteen months. Lowe recently admitted to having sex with a client – and then billing her for her time! The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Lowe and the woman had known each other since 1985,  but that the affair took off in August 2011, when she approached him to represent her in a divorce. Several days after agreeing to represent her, Lowe reportedly asked if she would be interested in having sex (which is clearly against the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers). Read the entire post at www.thelaw.net/?p=627 …License Plate of the Month: PITZKLE on a 2006 Mini Cooper captained by Cheri Elson. What’s it mean? Tiny in Yiddish.

England or Scotland? Cheri Elson at 504-4828 or cheri@elsonlawfirm.com…First time daddy Tom Adams tells us Eloise Zucca Adams was born at 8:04 p.m. on March 11 weighing-in at 8 pounds and 10 ounces (ouch). Mother Kelly just fine and dandy.

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He successfully procured thousands of dollars in March Madness bracketology. Additionally, he will be spending the third weekend of April in the Big Apple visiting Carmelo. He may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at @stevehendo1 or @vcba1, or better yet, 650-7599.

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