San Diego Business Journal

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made three appointments to the San Diego Superior Court bench.

Lorna A. Alksne, 40, of La Jolla has served as commissioner of the court since 2001, where she presides over family law court. Previously, she served as a special assistant to the district attorney in San Diego County, and worked as an attorney with Paul, Plevin and Sullivan.

Alksne, who declined to state her party, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Wayne L. Peterson. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego.

David G. Brown, 54, of Oceanside has more than 25 years of medical malpractice law experience. He has served as an attorney and partner with Neil, Dymott, Brown, Frank and Harrison for more than 20 years, and served for more than seven years as a U.S. Marine Corps officer. He earned his law degree from the UCLA.

A Democrat, Brown fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sheridan E. Reed.

Earl H. Mass III, 43, of San Diego has worked as a trial lawyer for more than 15 years, specializing in legal malpractice defense. He was an attorney with Maas, Miyamoto and Bernstein. Prior to that, he was with Chapin, Shea, McNitt and Carter.

A shareholder with the law firm of Thompson, Alessio and Maas, he earned his law degree from the University of San Diego. A Republican, he fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Bernard E. Revak.

The positions each pay $139,784.

Pat Broderick