The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) is carefully following a major developing story out of California relating to San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (IOA), David Werdegar, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar, and Matthew Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest.
According to knowledgeable sources, David Werdegar - the recently deposed President and CEO of IOA -- has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit.
On April, 2011 President and CEO Dr. David Werdegar, Board Chair Anthony Wagner, State Senator Leland Yee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and Supervisor Eric Mar attended IOA's Senior Campus ribbon-cutting ceremony. A substantial portion of IOA's budget arrives from the City and County of San Francisco which uses IOA and its facilities to care for some its aging population.(Image:courtesy of IOA)
As was reported earlier, on March 5, 2012, IOA's Board of Directors announced that Dr. David Werdegar has retired as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization's new President and CEO.
TLR is gathering and analyzing data concerning the suit, and will post update as they become available.
Below ( L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo's James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar - son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters -- attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown's former paramour -- Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California -- Mr. Jon Streeter.
UPDATE: JUDGE ORDERS CHANGE OF VENUE IN CASE AGAINST DAVID WERDEGAR OF SAN FRANCISCO INSTITUTE ON AGING
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered a change of venue in a case pending against David Werdegar of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (IOA).
The suit -- adavnaced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey -- has been transfered to neighboring San Diego County Superior Court.
Werdegar, who resides in Ross, is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).
Prior to the commencement of the action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprities involving himself, his wife, and his son Matthew Werdegar - a partner at the litigation botique Keker & Van Nest, headed by contreversial litigator John Keker.
Subsequent to Werdegar's departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization's new President and CEO.
Dydzak's suit avers that Justice Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.
Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab.
According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab's financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither.
Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar's failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab's various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.
As noted above, shortly before Dydzak filed his lawsuit, David Werdegar abruptly resigned from his post as the CEO of IOA.
The Institute on Aging is a San Francisco-based senior care facility. It started out as part of Mount Zion Hospital (a client of Howard Rice) , and metamorphosed into its current form.
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