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California Senator Martha Escutia Joins Manatt.

Prominent Legislator Brings Vast Public Sector Experience to Firm

LOS ANGELES -- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced today that California State Senator Martha M. Escutia will join the firm's California Government & Regulatory Division as a partner. Senator Escutia, known as an innovative leader and consensus builder, will be based in Los Angeles, and plans to serve clients in Manatt's offices in California, Washington, D.C., New York and Mexico.

Representing California's 30th Senate District, Senator Escutia has served in the California State Senate since 1998, and has served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Global Environment. A leading Democrat, Senator Escutia worked closely with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on a number of key legislative initiatives. Senator Escutia previously served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and as Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Senator Escutia's leadership as Chair of the Judiciary Committee has been widely recognized. "The entire California judiciary is deeply indebted to Senator Martha Escutia for her great contributions to improving the administration of justice in our state," said Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. "Martha is a real lawyer, whereas I'm just licensed to practice law. She was an impressive Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and her meticulous work product set the bar high for future Senators," said John Burton, former President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate.

Senator Escutia has been actively involved in matters relating to Latin America, participating in major conferences in Mexico, and leading a California trade and business delegation to Argentina. She has served as an Advisory Board Member of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Education Initiative, and as a Board member of the California Latino Caucus Institute.

From 1992 to 1998, Senator Escutia served as a member of the California State Assembly from the 50th Assembly District. As a member of the Assembly, she served as Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and Chair of the Assembly Committee on the Alameda Corridor.

Senator Escutia received her B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1979, and her J.D. from Georgetown University in 1982. She did graduate work in foreign trade and investment, receiving a certificate from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City in 1981, and a certificate from The World Court at The Hague in 1986.

In addition to previous experience in private law practice, Senator Escutia served as Vice President and Counsel of United Way of Los Angeles, and as Supervising Research Attorney for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. She has served as a lecturer and faculty member of the University of Southern California School of Policy Planning & Development, and East Los Angeles Community College.

A prolific writer and speaker, Senator Escutia has been counted among the top 100 lawyers in Los Angeles County and in the State of California by The Daily Journal, and has received numerous awards and commendations from organizations ranging from The California League of Conservation Voters to The Sierra Club to Good Housekeeping Magazine.

"No one better understands California's unique political balance or has a better appreciation of what it takes to get things done in this state," said George D. Kieffer, Manatt's California Government & Regulatory Chair. "She's an exceptional lawyer, as well as an exceptional person. We are fortunate to have her join us."

"Martha Escutia is a strategic thinker and problem solver," said Paul H. Irving, Manatt's Chief Executive and Managing Partner. "She will become an important resource for clients throughout California, across the country and internationally who seek to build bridges, enhance relationships and expand their businesses."

"I am grateful for my experiences in public service, and I'm excited to be moving to the next chapter in my career," Senator Escutia added. "Manatt is focused on the intersection of business and public policy, and it is known for its emphasis on excellence, and for extraordinary client service. I look forward to contributing to the firm's continuing growth and prosperity."

About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, provides legal and consulting services to a global client base from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto and Sacramento, California; New York City and Albany, New York; and Washington, D.C. Manatt includes Manatt Health Solutions, a healthcare policy and strategic business advisory group, and ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that develops and implements strategies to expand client businesses and facilitate their effective competition in global markets. For more information, visit, and
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