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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel has announced that shareholder James E. Towery has been appointed as the California State Bar's Chief Trial Counsel. If confirmed by the state Senate, Towery will head up the office of 250 attorneys, investigators and support staff that disciplines California lawyers for professional misconduct.
Towery, an expert in legal ethics, has a decades-long history of commitment to the legal profession and to the California State Bar in particular, including chairing the Board of Governors Discipline Committee in 1994, serving as its president in 1995-96, serving on the California Chief Justice's Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, and chairing its Task Force on Insurance Disclosure. In 2008, he was selected as a Lawyer Representative to the federal Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Towery also served in the American Bar Association House of Delegates for 10 years and has been selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
At Hoge Fenton, Towery has demonstrated a similar commitment to leadership, previously serving on the firm's Executive Committee, acting as its risk management counsel, and most recently chairing its litigation practice group. He has been an important mentor to young litigators and has been instrumental in ensuring that the firm's associates are afforded a high level of ongoing training in trial advocacy skills.
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