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Bamieh to Open His Own Law Firm

October 25, 2002|Tracy Wilson | Times Staff Writer

Seven months after a bitter campaign, former district attorney candidate Ron Bamieh is leaving the prosecutor's office to open his own civil and criminal defense firm.

Bamieh said he told superiors of his decision last week. Once a top trial lawyer, he has not prosecuted a serious felony case since the March election won by Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Greg Totten.

"I wanted to run the biggest firm in Ventura," Bamieh said, referring to the district attorney's office. "Now I want to grow the biggest firm in Ventura."

Bamieh, 36, will be joined by attorney Philip Erickson, 43, who has spent the past decade defending law enforcement and government agencies in state and federal court.

The new firm of Bamieh & Erickson will open Dec. 2 at a historic building in downtown Ventura. In addition to criminal and civil cases, the lawyers intend to take on employment, business and family law matters.

Bamieh said that he and Erickson, a longtime friend, will offer the community a new choice in legal representation.

Bamieh earned his bachelor's degree from USC and his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He practiced civil law before joining the district attorney's office in 1993.

Erickson earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Erickson tendered his resignation at the Oxnard law office of Alan Wisotsky this week.

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