SACRAMENTO–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this week announced the appointment of two Armenian Americans to the judgeships of California County Superior Courts. Benjamin G. Davidian was appointed to a judgeship of the Sacramento County Superior Court and Kenneth J. Melikian to a judgeship in the El Dorado County Superior Court
Davidian, 57, of Gold River, has been a sole practitioner since 2005. He was a partner at Sweeney, Davidian & Greene since 2004 and Bell, McAndrews, Hiltachk & Davidian from 2000 to 2004. From 1995 to 2000, he was of counsel for Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney. From 1981 to 1987, Davidian was an associate, then partner for Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney and, from 1980 to 1981, he was an associate for Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon.
Davidian earned a Juris Doctorate degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gerald Bakarich. Davidian is a Republican.
Melikian, 56, of El Dorado Hills, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California since 1991. Prior to that, he worked as a deputy district attorney for the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office from 1988 to 1991 and held the same position with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office from 1978 to 1988. Melikian earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on September 23, 2008. Melikian is a Republican.