ACBA Members in the News: New Court Commissioners Elizabeth Riles, Sarah Pastran, and Mark Fickes
Administrative Law Judge and ACBA member Elizabeth Riles has been selected to be a Commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court. She starts February 28th. Ms. Riles most recently served as an administrative law judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. A former employment and personal injury attorney and one of the founding and the managing shareholder at Bohbot & Riles. In 2011, she was honored by the City of Lancaster for her work in obtaining a significant verdict in a gender discrimination and hostile work environment case against a nationally known long-haul trucking company. In 2012, Ms. Riles was a finalist for the prestigious Consumer Attorneys of California Street Fighter of the Year award. Ms. Riles is a member of the State Bar of California, California Women Lawyers, California Employment Lawyers Association, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Queen’s Bench Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association and the Charles Houston Bar Association. Finally, Ms. Riles has volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa Superior Courts. She serves on the boards of the California Employment Lawyers Association and Legal Aid at Work. Congratulations!
ACBA member Sarah Pastran has also been selected to be a C0mmissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court. She most recently was a member of the Renne Public Law Group’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pastran was a Legal Research Attorney at the Alameda Superior Court. As a Legal Research Attorney, she worked closely with Judges in the civil direct calendaring departments on law and motion matter in a wide variety of practices areas. Before working at the Alameda Superior Court, Ms. Pastran practiced for eleven years as a litigation attorney in private practice at various law firms. Prior to becoming a litigator, Ms. Pastran clerked for Chief Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Congratulations!
Earlier this month it was announced that ACBA member Mark Fickes, Partner at Cannata, O’Toole Fickes & Olson LLP, was hired as a Commissioner in the Alameda County Superior Court. Read more about Mark here. Congratulations!
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