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Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker LLP announced today that William Meehan has been elected to managing partner of the law firm, which also has an office in Palo Alto.

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Meehan succeeds Layne Melzer who was recently appointed an Orange County Superior Court judge by Governor Jerry Brown. Meehan, 43, is a partner in the practice areas of corporate and real estate. He also is co-chair of the firm’s banking and finance group.

Meehan received a J.D. from Boston University, School of Law and a B.A. at University of Massachusetts, at Amherst.

Rutan & Tucker’s primary practice areas include business and real estate litigation, corporate and securities law, labor and employment law, intellectual property and real estate.