LOS ANGELES -- California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has joined law firm Brown Rudnick LLP's California office, the firm announced Monday.

Lockyer will work part time as part of the firm's Orange County, Calif. office as a member of its government law and strategies team and will continue serving as state treasurer until his term ends in January 2015.

"Brown Rudnick only recently established an office in California, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping my colleagues grow the firm's presence here on the West Coast," Lockyer said in a statement. "I will continue to devote all of the considerable time and attention necessary to carry out my responsibilities as State Treasurer, as I have throughout my time in public service."

The state treasurer received a $121,389 annual salary as of 2012, according to the State Controller's Office pay database.

Lockyer, who has held elective office at the state and local level more than 40 years, has been state treasurer since 2007.

The treasurer's office issues bonds for the state and manages the state's multi-billion dollar Pooled Money Investment Account. Lockyer serves on numerous commissions and boards, including the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

Before he became state treasurer, Lockyer served as California's attorney general. He was also a member of the California Legislature for 25 years, before being elected to the State Senate.

Lockyer received his law degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1986, and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.

"After more than four decades serving the people of California, Bill's knowledge and experience will be of enormous importance to our clients working to develop and implement their business strategies in California and beyond," said Ron Rus, head of Brown Rudnick's Orange County office. "Bill will become an integral part of our strategic plan to grow our Orange County office, and to diversify the depth and range of legal services offered to our clients."

Brown Rudnick entered California in April by combining with Orange County firm Rus Miliband & Smith.

The firm has eight offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, with more than 200 lawyers.

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