SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Thomas E. Stevens and Noël Wise to judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court.
Stevens, 48, of Piedmont, has served as chief at the Oakland Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California since 2013, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud Section from 2008 to 2013. Stevens served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division Fraud Section from 2004 to 2008 and was counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP from 2002 to 2004, where he was an associate from 1997 to 2002. He served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 1997 and was a law clerk for the Honorable Edward D. Price at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California from 1994 to 1995. Stevens earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Marshall I. Whitley. Stevens is registered without party preference.
Wise, 46, of Alameda, has been principal and founding member of WG&R Law Group since 2006. She was in-house counsel at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 2004 to 2006 and of counsel at Stoel Rives LLP from 2002 to 2004. She served as a trial lawyer and an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1994 to 2002 and as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry Lee Anstead at the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1993 to 1994. Wise was a panel mediator at the First District Court of Appeal from 2001 to 2013. She was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School from 2001 to 2002 and served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law from 2000 to 2006. Wise earned a Master of the Science of Law degree from Stanford Law School, a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada. Wise fills the vacancy created by the departure of Judge Carrie McIntyre Panetta upon her appointment to the Monterey County Superior Court. Wise is a Democrat.
The compensation for each of these positions is $184, 610.