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Portola Valley attorney appointed as judge By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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lizabeth C. Peterson, a resident of Portola Valley and a partner in the Palo Alto law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is starting the new year as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. Gov. Jerry Brown announced her appointment Dec. 23. The annual compensation is $191,612. Ms. Peterson, 45, has been a partner at Wilson Sonsini since 2008, specializing in white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, and complex commercial civil litigation. She came to Wilson Sonsini from the international law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld LLP. She was counsel for Akin, Gump from 2007 to 2008 and had been an associate there from 1997 to 2002. She represented clients in cases that involved Medicare fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, corruption, conspiracy, bribery,

and extortion, according to a Wilson Sonsini bio. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Peterson, a Democrat, was Elizabeth an assistant Peterson U.S. attorney in Minnesota. She prosecuted more than 100 cases, including cases involving money laundering; bank, mail, and wire fraud; narcotics and violent crimes; terrorism-related offenses; and international crime, the bio says. In prosecuting a case involving an international internet pharmacy and the distribution of illegal prescription drugs for millions of dollars in profits, her work resulted in a commendation from the FBI director and an award from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Ms. Peterson has a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a law degree from the University of Michigan. She fills a vacancy left by retiring judge Edward J. Davila. A

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