After a rash of recent departures, American Apparel Inc. Monday said that it had made an addition, although not to its executive ranks.

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William Mauer, a senior partner at the law firm of Lapin Mauer since 1986, has joined the firm’s board and will serve on its audit and compensation committees.

He fills the board vacancy created by the departure last month of Adrian Kowalewski, formerly executive vice president of corporate strategy, and brings the Los Angeles-based vertical retailer back into compliance with the NYSE Amex LLC requirement that companies have at least three board members on their audit committees. It returns the board to six members, all of whom but Dov Charney, the company’s founder and chief executive officer, are independent.

Kowalewski left American Apparel to join Kellwood Co. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Also last month, Marty Staff departed as chief business development officer after a seven-month stay. Ten days ago, Tom Casey resigned as acting president of the company, two months ahead of the expiration of the 15-month employment contract he signed with the company in October 2010.

Mauer, who’s practiced law in Canada for 44 years, will be a Class B director and will stand for election to the board at its annual meeting, expected to be held next June.

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