Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday announced the appointment of three new judges in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Ian C. Fusselman, 53, of Pasadena, and Michelle L. Kazadi, 50, of Los Angeles, were appointed as Los Angeles County Superior Court judges, while Eric J. Wersching, 44, of Ladera Ranch, was selected for the bench in Orange County.

Fusselman — who fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position — has been a sole practitioner since 2019 and a mediator with ADR Services since 2018. He was formerly a partner at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, where he worked from 2004 to 2018, and also worked as an associate at two other firms between 1998 and 2004. He was a lecturer of law at the USC School of Law from 2019 to 2021.

Kazadi — who fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Barbara R. Johnson — has been a sole practitioner from 2003 to 2001 and a certified family law specialist. She previously worked as a mediator at Peace Talks Mediation Services from 2007 to 2013 and an associate at Pryce Parker Hill LLP from 1999 to 2002. She has been an adjunct professor at West Los Angeles College since 2008.

Wersching has been a founding partner at Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP since 2006 and was previously an associate at Payne & Fears LLP from 2004 to 2005 and as a law clerk for Melvin T. Brunetti, a judge for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Roger B. Robbins.

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