October 16, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed James B. Damrell as Assistant Commissioner of Legislation and Regulations at the Department of Real Estate. Damrell has been Vice President of Business Development at Peers & Co. since 2019. He was Development Manager at Panattoni Development Company from 2017 to 2019. Damrell was a Consultant at the California Senate Office of Research from 2015 to 2016. He served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice from 2002 to 2003. Damrell was an Attorney at the California Department of Social Services from 2007 to 2015, at Greenberg Traurig from 2003 to 2007, at Duane Morris, LLP from 2000 to 2002 and at McInerney & Dillon, PC from 1999 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation.