Local civil attorney named to Sacramento bench

Kenneth C. Mennemeier
Kenneth C. Mennemeier Govenor’s Office

Longtime Sacramento civil and government litigator Kenneth C. Mennemeier has been appointed by the governor to the Sacramento Superior Court bench.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced the appointment Tuesday.

Mennemeier, 58, of Sacramento, brings deep civil experience, strong local ties and a track record of public service to the judiciary, said Kevin Culhane, Sacramento Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge, who has known Mennemeier for 25 years.

“He’s very well-known in the legal community,” Culhane said Tuesday. “Two things characterize him: he’s a very accomplished civil practitioner and throughout his legal career, he’s had a commitment to public service in a wide array of endeavors.”

Mennemeier, a partner in the Sacramento firm Mennemeier Glassman LLP since 1997, assumes the seat vacated by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Roland L. Candee, who has retired.

Mennemeier’s client list boasts Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, public officials including former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as state agencies and municipalities including Bureau of Water Resources and the city of Sacramento.

Mennemeier was unavailable for comment, but the Governor’s Office offered a brief statement Tuesday on Mennemeier’s appointment, citing the Sacramento attorney’s years of experience.

“We seek the most qualified candidates for appointments. Here, those qualifications include strong credentials and several decades of complex litigation experience,” the statement read.

Mennemeier’s start date has not been announced. Compensation for the position is $189,041.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith