The Hon. Andrew J. Guilford is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in January 2006 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2006. He filled the seat vacated by the retirement of the Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. (Ret.).
Judge Guilford graduated summa cum laude with his A.B. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972. He went on to earn his J.D. from the Univerisity of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1975.
Guilford served an externship for the Hon. Lester Roth with the California Court of Appeal for the Second District.
After graduating from law school, Guilford joined the Costa Mesa law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton LLP, where he first practiced as an associate. He was named a partner in 1983 and would spend his entire legal career, outside of his federal judgeship, with the firm. During his thirty years with Sheppard Mullin et al., Guilford specialized in intellectual property, unfair competition, finance, and professional liability matters. He remained with the firm until his confirmation to the District Court.
During his tenure on the District Court bench, Judge Guilford has sat by designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal. He has also served as a judge with the Patent Pilot Program for the Central District.
The American College of Trial Lawyers elected Guilford as a Fellow in 1992. He has served as the past-president of the State Bar of California and past-president of the Orange County Bar Association. He also received an appointment to the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the U.S. Judicial Council by the U.S. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
He is a fan of the Rolling Stones.