By Cesar Antonio Nucum, Jr., CorrespondentSAN FRANCISCO -- The office of the California State office recently announced the appointment of two new Bay Area County Superior Court judges.Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s new appointees as judges of the Superior Court of the Contra Costa County are Wade M. Rhyne and Filipino-American Benjamin T. Reyes II.A Democrat, Reyes will succeed Judge Thomas M. Maddock who retired recently.The 51-year-old Alamedan has been a principal at Meyers, Nave, Riback, and Wilson PLC since 2005. Prior to that, Reyes had been an associate of the same from 2001 to 2005.At Meyers, Nave, Riback, and Wilson PLC, Reyes handled cases in the areas of municipal and public agency law, energy, construction, procurement and elections.He was also the Assistant General Counsel for the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee where he chaired the firm’s Public Contracts Practice Group, and manages the firm’s redevelopment and public finance attorneys.He had also been a City Attorney to two Bay Area cities: first with Pinole from 2004 then with Union City since 2010.About their principal, Nave, Riback, and Wilson PLC wrote on Reyes’ overview in its website http://www.meyersnave.com/ attorney/benjamin-reyes :“A general counsel and city attorney, Ben has two decades of experience working with public agencies throughout the state on a breadth of legal issues. He has prepared legislation for governing bodies in areas of community preservation, land use and revenue. Ben regularly teaches seminars on the Ralph M. Brown Act (local agency open meeting law), ethics, conflicts of interest and the political reform act. He has significant experience in elections and campaign finance, and has prepared several ballot measures for local sales and transactions taxes and utility users taxes."Ben has subject matter expertise in public contract and procurement law and has litigated several cases involving major public works projects. He is well versed in local agency competitive bidding, design-build projects, bid protests, contractor prequalification and claims resolution."He has written and revised contract specifications for several public agency clients. Ben represents public agency clients in high-technology, software and information system procurement projects. Ben also serves as special counsel for several public agencies seeking to build traditional and renewable energy projects, particularly, solar system projects.”Others positions held by Reyes include Utility.com general counsel from 2001-2001, East Bay Municipal Utility, Office of the General Counsel attorney from 1997-2000, deputy city attorney at the San Jose City Attorney’s Office in 1997, General Counsel for the Stege Sanitary District, and an associate at the Boornazian, Jensen and Garthe PC from 1993-1997, among others..Reyes earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in BerkeleyHe was also in the United States Army Reserves from 1983-1987.