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County of Santa Clara Board Appoints Orry Korb as County Counsel

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Orry Korb as the County Counsel.  Korb has served as Assistant County Counsel since 2010, providing advice and counsel to various County departments and to the Board of Supervisors.
 
“Orry is the right choice at the right time.  He offers stability and expertise for the Office of County Counsel,” said Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager.  “I have every confidence in his ability to provide leadership to the department and sound legal advice to the Board of Supervisors.”
 
“I welcome the opportunity to serve as the Board of Supervisor’s chief legal advisor, and it is a privilege to work with the staff of one of the best public law offices in the nation,” said Korb. “I look forward to serving the County in this new role.”
 
In his capacity as Assistant County Counsel, Korb had a broad range of responsibility.  He supervised attorneys in General Government, Health and Hospital, Social Justice and Impact teams, as well as the attorneys representing the County Assessor.  He also advised the Personnel Board and Health and Hospital Committee and also advised the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on land use, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) issues. Korb administered the County’s 24/7 Whistleblower Program.
 
Since he has been with Santa Clara County, Korb has supervised redevelopment-related litigation and been actively involved in many aspects of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in the County.  He appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to argue a portion of the successful opposition to a drug company’s motion to dismiss a County complaint alleging false and misleading advertising of a diabetes drug in California.  He represented the County in its successful opposition to a petition seeking to remove Measure A from the ballot of the November 2012 general election, where the measure was approved by the voters.  Korb was a member of a team that successfully negotiated a $5.7 million all cash settlement with a drug wholesaler regarding improper drug pricing.
 
“Orry will do a great job as County Counsel,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman, District 1, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. For the ten years I’ve worked with him, I’ve admired his leadership ability and legal skills. I look forward to having him serve in this role.”
 
Korb’s legal career spans nearly three decades.  Prior to coming to Santa Clara County, he served for 13 years as the Town Attorney for the Town of Los Gatos (1997-2010).  He also served as the City Attorney for the City of Galt, California from 1994 to 1997.  Korb worked at private law firms providing counsel in land use and government law, including a stint at Berliner Cohen where served the City of Gilroy, advising on all areas of municipal law. Korb began his legal career as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Los Angeles, where he served from 1984 to 1988.
 
Korb, who is 57 years of age, is married to Jennifer Castillo with whom he resides in neighboring Santa Cruz County.  He loves outdoor activities such as sailing, swimming, surfing, and cycling.
In May 1983, Korb earned Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 1978. The County Counsel position pays $245,000. His appointment is effective March 19, 2013.
 
Media Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119       
Posted: March 19, 2013