March 20, 2017: Matthew Dana was appointed as the Chief Counsel at the California Department of Veterans Affairs by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Dana, 55, Nipomo Republican, was most recently a Senior Legal Adviser at the California Military Department since 2015. He was the General Counsel at the department from 2012 to 2015. Nipomo also held several posts at the California Army National Guard from 1997 to 2012, including General Counsel and State Staff Judge Advocate; Deputy General Counsel and Deputy State Staff Judge Advocate; and Active Guard Reserve Judge Advocate and Supervising Staff Counsel. Dana was also previously a Litigation Attorney for the U.S. Army Litigation Division from 1995 to 1997, and a Post Judge Advocate at the Chief Services Division at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School from 1992 to 1994. Dana received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.