It’s been a dizzying but remarkable past few months with dozens of complicated loan workouts and bankruptcies and growing activity from co-managing JMBM’s San Francisco Office. On top of this good news, it is with great pride that I inform you of my recent appointment to Secretary of the State Bar of California’s Financial Institutions Committee (FIC). FIC members are lawyers who represent bank and financial institutions and include general counsel, regulatory specialists and outside counsel for major financial institutions in California. I have found FIC meetings to be a terrific opportunity to exchange ideas with other lawyers who represent banks and to stay abreast of current developments that affect our clients. This year’s FIC chair is Joe Sanchez of Bank of the West. Joe will continue the FIC tradition of bringing interesting speakers and timely presentations to the committee.