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Antonio Villaraigosa, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, David Washburn – Voice of OC Managing Editor, Girardi & Keese, henry weinstein, James Brosnahan, Joe Cotchett, Joe Dunn, Joseph Cotchett, Morrison & Foerster, Nancy Fineman, Norberto Santana Jr., State Bar of California, Superior Court of Orange County, Thomas Girardi, U.C. Irvine, University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of UCI Foundation / Voice of OC, Voice of OC

Ex-Senator Joseph Dunn / Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi / Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan Connection — Part 1

Oct 19, 1998 — Los Angeles Times reports:

Waging an uphill fight to unseat wealthy state Sen. Rob Hurtt, Democratic challenger Joe Dunn has relied on the generous support of California’s powerful cadre of trial lawyers.

The money has given Dunn, himself a lawyer, a fighting chance in the early going against Hurtt, a Garden Grove industrialist who has a seemingly bottomless reservoir of campaign cash.

“Joe Dunn doesn’t fit this district at all,” said Andy Gharakhani, Hurtt’s campaign manager. “It’s a clear choice. Voters have a businessman like Rob, a guy who goes to work 9 to 5, who is one of them. Or they’ve got a trial lawyer who sues police departments.”

March 20, 2003 — El Paso Edges Toward Deal With California (law.com)

The state of California is approaching a massive settlement with El Paso Corp., the Texas-based natural gas company accused of artificially driving up prices during California’s 2001 power crisis.

The state alleged that El Paso cost California consumers as much as $3.7 billion in excess charges. The settlement is expected to cover claims by several Western states besides California, including Nevada and Oregon.

Several lawyers will be up for a big payday. Three Northern California law firms filed suit against El Paso, with the cases pending before San Diego Superior Court Judge J. Richard Haden, who must approve any settlement.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein partner William Bernstein represents a class of plaintiffs; Steefel, Levitt & Weiss partner Mark Fogelman represents a group of dairy producers; and Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy partner Joseph Cotchett represents E.&J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest wine producer.

El Paso is represented by Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, who referred calls to company headquarters.

A group of Southern California natural gas customers is represented by Girardi and Keese’s Thomas Girardi. The state case in the FERC proceedings was handled by California Public Utilities Commission lawyer Harvey Morris.

Friday, September 30, 2005“Champions of Justice” Dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel Purpose of Which To Honor Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan.

Speakers:

Joseph W. Cotchett  — Senior Partner, Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy

Joseph Dunn –Senator, State of California

Honorable Carlos Moreno — Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California

Antonio Villaraigosa — Mayor, City of Los Angeles

September 15, 2009 L.A. Daily News –Nonprofit news organization launches in Orange County

The Voice of OC, which will get its start with $140,000 from the Orange County Employees Association, hopes to fill a void left by shrinking staffs covering the county at the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times, Joe Dunn, a former Democratic state senator from Santa Ana who will chair the outlet’s board of directors, told The Times.

Dunn said funds to support an initial $600,000-a-year budget are being sought from foundations and private sources and that former Register investigative reporter Norberto Santana Jr. has been hired as the Web site’s editor.

The group’s board include Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law; Los Angeles trial lawyer Thomas Girardi; and San Francisco attorney James Brosnahan.

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