The Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in February 2011 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2011. He filled the seat vacated by the Hon. M. James Lorenz. Prior to his nomination to the federal bench, Judge Battaglia had served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California since 1993.
He received his B.A. from Alliant International University in 1971. He went on to earn his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1974.
Prior to being selected to serve as a magistrate judge, Battaglia spent his entire career in private practice. During his nineteen-year tenure in the private sector, he specialized in personal injury and death claims as well as maritime personal injury law.
He also served as an arbitrator and judge pro tem for the San Diego County Superior Court.
While on the federal bench, Judge Battaglia has been an advocate of the use of magistrate judges in the federal judicial system. To that end, he has held several memberships with the intent of bolstering the magistrate judges' role in the federal judiciary, some of which have included the Magistrate Judge Advisory Group to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Executive Board, and past-president of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. He was also selected by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve a two-year term as the magistrate judge observer to the U.S. Judicial Conference, during which, by virtue of his selection, he served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Magistrate Judges System. He has also been active with the Federal Bar Association (FBA), serving as a contributor to their publication on the subject of federal rules pertaining to discovery and disclosure, and also helped to establish a federal civil practice seminar for the FBA in San Diego.
Some of his other memberships have included serving as the past-president for the San Diego County Judges Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association.
Judge Battaglia, who was born in San Diego, California, was an avid surfer at the time of his nomination to the federal bench.