SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Sunil R. Kulkarni and Lori E. Pegg to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Kulkarni, 41, of Palo Alto, has been senior counsel in the University of California, Office of the General Counsel’s litigation group since 2011. He held multiple positions at Morrison and Foerster LLP from 1998 to 2011, including partner and associate. Kulkarni served as a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California from 1996 to 1997. Kulkarni earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Marcel B. Poche. Kulkarni is a Democrat. According to the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, he will be the first South Asian American judge ever appointed in Northern California.
Pegg, 52, of San Jose, has been assistant county counsel at the Santa Clara County Office of the County Counsel since 2013, where she has served in multiple positions since 2001, including acting county counsel, lead deputy county counsel and deputy county counsel. She was of counsel at Hoge Fenton Jones and Appel Inc. from 1999 to 2001 and served in multiple positions at Burke Williams and Sorensen from 1992 to 1999, including partner and associate attorney. Pegg was a labor and employment associate attorney at Kauff, McClain and McGuire from 1989 to 1990 and a labor and employment associate at Wise and Shepard from 1987 to 1989. Pegg earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kenneth L. Shapero. Pegg is a Democrat.
The compensation for each of these positions is $178,789.