CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

CJAC Names John Doherty as New President and CEO

Posted on 11/18/2016 @ 08:00 AM

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), the state’s leading advocacy group for legal reform, has selected John Doherty to serve as its new President and CEO.

Doherty is currently Vice President of Politics and Policy and General Counsel of TechNet, an advocacy organization for the innovation industry.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to lead the Civil Justice Association of California and look forward to advocating for a stronger California, protecting our economy and creating a balanced civil justice system,” Doherty said.

“Excessive litigation discourages innovation and drives up costs for all California consumers and taxpayers. California businesses, both small and large, face unprecedented challenges in trying to create jobs and revenue for the state. I will advocate aggressively for common sense reforms that will make California stronger for everyone,” he said.

Doherty will officially take the helm on December 15.

“I’ve often had the privilege of working with John during my tenure at CJAC,” said Kim Stone, who departs CJAC next month after becoming its President in 2011. “He understands the importance of CJAC’s role as an issue-driven organization that works in both the Legislature and the Courts as an advocate for legal reform.

“CJAC is fortunate to have someone with John’s unique experience step into the role of CJAC President and CEO,” said Mark Sektnan, CJAC Board Chair. “He brings a wealth of political and policy advocacy experience, and has a strong awareness of the important issues that matter to CJAC’s members. He will be a great leader for the Association.”

Prior to joining CJAC, Doherty, 47, was responsible for remaking, managing and expanding a fifty state advocacy and political team for the technology industry at TechNet. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, State Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and Chief of Staff to California State Majority Leader Alberto Torrico.

Doherty received a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and received a Bachelor of Political Science from Santa Clara University.

Commenting on departing CJAC President Stone, Sektnan said, “Kim’s tireless efforts to promote a fair civil justice system have served not just CJAC members but all Californians. Indeed, she has helped make CJAC a model for other civil justice reform groups around the country.”

Doherty and his wife have two children and reside in Sacramento.

Please contact Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900, should have have any questions.

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