A San Juan Capistrano resident is the newest judge on the Orange County Superior Court.
Gov. Brown announced Wednesday that he has appointed James L. Crandall, 66, to the post, which pays $178,789.
Crandall has been a senior partner with Crandall Wade & Lowe of Irvine since 1976. He also served as a partner and associate attorney at Tustin’s Spray Gould & Bowersfrom 1958-1971.
According to a brief bio for a seminar he gave earlier this year on defense tactics, Crandall has spent his career defending insurers in excess liability and bad faith claims.
He graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and received his bachelor’s degree of economics from San Jose State University.
Crandall is no stranger to court. According to his firm’s website, he has served as lead counsel in 149 jury trials.
A Republican, Crandall is taking the place of Judge Patrick Marion, who died in July at the age of 58.