Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed one Orange County man as a judge for the 4th District Court of Appeal and two others as county Superior Court judges.

David A. Thompson, 55, of Costa Mesa was named an associate justice of the appellate court’s third division, which is based in Santa Ana.

Julian W. Bailey, 63, of San Clemente and Lewis W. Clapp, 57, of Anaheim, were appointed judges in the Orange County Superior Court.

The 4th District Court of Appeal is divided into three divisions, Orange County, San Diego County and a Riverside County-based division, which handles cases from the superior courts in Inyo, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Thompson, who is registered as belonging to no political party, has been an Orange County Superior Court judge for 14 years.

He received his law degree from UCLA and was a staff attorney for the 4th District Court of Appeal, then an associate with the Rutan and Tucker law firm, then with Morrison and Foerster.

He fills a vacancy created on the appellate court when Kathleen E. O’Leary was named presiding justice of division three of the 4th District Court of Appeal.

Thompson’s position pays $204,599 a year. The appointment requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, whose members are Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez.

Bailey and Clapp each will be paid $178,789 a year4 as Superior Court judges.

Bailey, who also belongs to no political party, has served as an Orange County Superior Court referee since last year. From 2007 to 2011, he was a county juvenile court referee. He received his law degree from UCLA and worked for the Orange County district attorney’s office, the Giles Callahan and McCune law firm and was a partner at the Dolan Bailey and Reopelle law firm and later at Bailey and Brott.

Clapp, a Democrat, received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is a leader in the Orange County public defender’s office. He is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.


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