Governor Newsom Appoints Long Time Surf Industry Lawyer as a Judge in the Orange County Superior Court

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Robert Gerard of Newport Beach has been appointed to serve as a California superior court judge, one of 14 judicial appointments recently announced by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Robert will serve in the Orange County Superior Court. Most recently, Robert has been shareholder of Friedman Stroffe & Gerard P.C. (“FSG”), a top 100 Orange County law firm headquartered in Irvine, and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group since 2000.

Prior to that, Robert was a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP from 1997 to 2000 and was an associate there from 1994 to 1997. Gerard was a senior associate at Pettis Tester Kruse & Krinsky from 1990 to 1994. He was an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLC from 1987 to 1990.

Robert earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert C. Gannon.

Robert’s Firm, FSG, has been a long time sponsor of Shop Eat Surf and the industry, including SIMA.  Also, for many years Robert was the outside counsel for the ASP and was a fixture at many World Tour Contests where he dealt with the myriad legal issues that arise during international sporting events.

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