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Duane Morris Partner David Watson Appointed to Del Mar Fair Board

September 1, 2011

SAN DIEGO, September 1, 2011—Duane Morris partner David Watson, based in the firm's San Diego office, has been appointed by California Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., to the board of directors of the state's 22nd District Agricultural Association, also known as the Del Mar Fair Board.

On behalf of the state, the District Agricultural Association manages and operates the 340-acre Del Mar Fairgrounds; its nearby 65-acre equestrian facility, the Horsepark; and the Del Mar Golf Center. As a member of the board, Watson will join in its goal to manage and promote a world-class, multi-use, public assembly facility with an emphasis on agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation in a fiscally sound and environmentally conscientious manner for the public benefit.

Watson practices in the areas of real estate law, land use, planning and entitlement. He represents land developers and homebuilders, as well as clients in the education, tourism and hospitality industries. Watson's matters have involved discretionary approvals for general plans, community plans, specific plans, master planned communities, zoning, use permits, subdivisions and annexation. His environmental and planning experience involves work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Game, regional water-quality-control boards, the California Coastal Commission, and local agency formation commissions, as well as several city and county governments and agencies. Watson previously served as chair of San Diego's Citizens' Task Force on Chargers Issues and as a member of the City of San Diego Planning Commission and the San Diego Task Force on Ballpark Planning. He currently is a member of the Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation Board of Directors.

Watson is a graduate of William and Mary Law School, where he was executive editor of the William and Mary Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California.

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