Westside attorney Albert DeBlanc, Jr. has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Harley Searcy as a member of the County Small Craft Harbor Commission in Marina del Rey for the Second District by Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke.

DeBlanc will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term of office until September 29th, 2010.

DeBlanc is a partner in the firm of DeBlanc, DeBlanc and Associates. He has maintained an active civil and criminal litigation practice for the past 33 years.

He has tried civil cases successfully before juries involving wrongful death by government employees, personal injury with catastrophic injuries, wrongful termination and entertainment breach of contract cases, and tried over 250 criminal jury trials, according to his biography.

DeBlanc has acted as legal analyst and consultant on various cases for television and radio for both local and national media entities, and was the principal legal analyst for the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials for KTLA-Channel 5 and is currently a legal analyst and consultant to prime networks.

Prior to becoming an attorney, DeBlanc was with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1968 to 1974 as a police officer, Investigator II and then a police sergeant, and is currently a hearing examiner for the Los Angeles Police Commission as well as a Los Angeles Superior Court arbitrator.

Since 2002, DeBlanc has been a member of the Advisory Board, Forensics Department of the California State University at Los Angeles.

Trained as a yachtsman since 1971, DeBlanc said he has received various training certificates from the U.S. Coast Guard and has owned a 38.5 Beneteau sailboat for 13 years, and resides eight minutes from the Marina.