CalSTRS selects Lamont King as first deputy general counsel
News release | Thomas Lawrence
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 23, 2023) – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the world’s largest educator-only pension fund, is pleased to announce the selection of Lamont King as its first deputy general counsel.
In the newly created position, King oversees CalSTRS’ three assistant general counsels: investment counsel, litigation services and legal services. The deputy general counsel is the liaison between the general counsel and the assistant general counsels and will focus on internal workflow, leadership and legal guidance.
Prior to King’s appointment, he was CalSTRS’ assistant general counsel and oversaw the investments counsel since December 2020. King began his CalSTRS career in 2010 and has worked with every business area and provided legal support for many sensitive and complex projects within the organization. After three years as a staff attorney, King was promoted to senior investment counsel in 2013.
“Lamont is an extraordinarily gifted lawyer who will bring his demonstrated professionalism and leadership to this larger role as our first-ever deputy general counsel,” CalSTRS General Counsel Brian Bartow said. “In this new position, Lamont will support the efforts of the entire organization to further CalSTRS’ mission of securing the financial future of California’s public educators.”
Before joining CalSTRS, King practiced transactional real estate and civil litigation at law firms in the Sacramento area and administrative law at a large public interest legal organization in Los Angeles County. For several years, King also represented youth in the juvenile dependency system in Los Angeles as a volunteer.
“It has been an honor to help build our team and support our outstanding Investments Branch,” King said. “I look forward to expanding my role and further contributing to our mission and vision on behalf of CalSTRS members and beneficiaries.”
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, King has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College. He also holds the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate.
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CalSTRS provides a secure retirement to more than 1 million members and beneficiaries whose CalSTRS-covered service is not eligible for Social Security participation. On average, members who retired in 2021–22 had 25 years of service and a monthly benefit of $4,809. Established in 1913, CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world with $306 billion in assets under management as of February 28, 2023. CalSTRS demonstrates its strong commitment to long-term corporate sustainability principles in its annual Sustainability Report.