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GOVERNOR BROWN APPOINTMENTS MICHAEL W. JONES TO PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

December 27, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Michael W. Jones to a judgeship in the Placer County Superior Court.

Jones, 56, of Folsom, has served as senior partner at Hansen Kohls Jones Sommer and Jacob LLP since 2003 and was an associate attorney at Hansen Boyd Culhane and Watson LLP from 1998 to 2003. He was an attorney at Michael W. Jones Attorney at Law from 1997 to 1998 and assistant district attorney at the Shasta County District Attorney's Office from 1990 to 1997. Jones served as deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office from 1989 to 1990, associate attorney at Bonne Jones Bridges Mueller O'Keefe and Hunt in 1989 and senior criminal investigator at the California Department of Insurance Fraud Bureau from 1986 to 1989. He was senior special investigator at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from 1982 to 1986. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento. Jones fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Larry D. Gaddis.

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Jason J. Sommer, a partner in the Roseville law firm of Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer, LLP, was recently appointed by the Board of Governors to the State Bar's Committee on Professional Liability Insurance. This committee oversees the Professional Liability Insurance Program and acts as a counsel and advisor to the Board of Governors with respect to the program.

Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer, LLP, a civil and criminal litigation firm with a history of service to the community, traces its roots to a partnership formed between the late Hartley Hansen and the late Robert Matsui, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hansen and firm member Kevin Culhane both served as Vice President of the State Bar Board of Governors. Mr. Culhane has also served as co-chair of the Committee on Professional Liability Insurance.

The committee studies and makes recommendations and/or changes to the existing program, including carrier and broker evaluation, long-term financial issues, product enhancement, product pricing and design, and related matters. The committee also works to reduce the quantity and severity of attorney malpractice claims through attorney loss-preventive and competency education programs, and has a claims oversight component. Overall, the committee also strives to insure that the program is philosophically and structurally attuned to the needs of California's attorneys and consumers.

Mr. Sommer officially joins the committee in October 2006.

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Michael W. Jones, a partner in the Roseville law firm of Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer, LLP was recently appointed to the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation by the State Bar Board of Governors. This 38-member panel, also known as the "Jennie Commission," evaluates the governor's nominees for California judgeships.

Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer, LLP, a civil and criminal litigation firm with a history of service to the community, traces its roots to a partnership formed between the late Hartley Hansen and the late Robert Matsui, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hansen and firm member Kevin Culhane both served as Vice President of the State Bar Board of Governors. Hansen also served on the JNE Commission and Culhane served two terms on California's Judicial Council. Culhane continues to serve on the State Bar Committee on Professional Liability Insurance.

Through its interviews and investigations, the Jennie Commission writes up a confidential report rating the qualifications of each of the governor's nominees. The panel meets formally once a month. Between meetings, commission members interview judicial applicants and perform background checks.

The 48-year-old Jones, officially joins the commission in February, believes that helping to evaluate applicants for judicial positions creates some pressure due to the number of outstanding applicants.

"I'm cautiously looking forward to serving on the commission," said Jones. "I consider service on the commission one of those things where the enjoyment comes at the end of the task and you've done a competent job. I feel very privileged to follow in the footsteps of Hansen and Culhane in service for the State Bar and California's legal community."

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