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December 28, 2011

Three New Bankruptcy Judges

Three California federal bankruptcy judges set to retire are being replaced
by an attorney from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a partner from
Friedman Dumas & Springwater LLP, and a solo practitioner. The announcement
was made by the chief judge of the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ellen Carroll will be replaced by Pillsbury Winthrop
counsel Mark D. Houle, who will be sworn into the position on February 17
at the office of the Central District of California.

“Mr. Houle is an experienced practitioner who comes to the bench with a
thorough understanding of bankruptcy court operations,” Ninth Circuit Chief
Judge Alex Kozinski said in a statement Tuesday.

Mary E.Hammond, a partner from Friedman Dumas, will be taking over the
position of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward D. Jellen on February 2. The
position is for the Northern District of California.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Whitney Rimel will be replaced by Frederick E.
Clement in the Eastern District of California when sworn in on the 16 of

Houle has been employed by Pillsbury Winthrop since 2000, working in the
firm’s insolvency and restructuring group. He represented secured and
unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, and others in various
bankruptcy-related cases at the firm.

Houle worked as an associate at Winthrop Couchot PC before he joined
Pillsbury Winthrop. At the firm of Winthrop Couchot PC, Houle represented
Chapter 11 creditors’ committees, debtors, and Chapter 7 trustees. Prior to
that decision, Houle worked as a clerk for bankruptcy judges in the Central
District of California.

Houle earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State College in Salem,
Massachusetts. Houle earned his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Houle is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Massachusetts Air
National Guard.

Hammond was hired by Friedman Dumas in 2003 and was made a partner of the
firm in 2008. Hammond’s practice includes commercial and bankruptcy law.
She particularly focuses on business debtors, trustees, and secured and
unsecured creditors. Hammond typically represents Chapter 9 and Chapter 11
debtors. Hammond was an associate at Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers, which
is now Winston & Strawn LLP, before she joined Friedman Dumas. She was a
clerk for Judge Jellen from 1998 to 2000 and served as a legal assistant
from 1996 to 1998 for the North Carolina General Assembly. As a legal
assistant, she worked for the Senate president pro tempore and
Appropriations Committee co-chair.

Hammond earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of
Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Clement has been practicing law since 1993 in Redding, California. Clement
earned a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and a law degree from the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Daniela Romero, Esq.

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