Judge Anthony J. Battaglia | Trellis

The Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Department 4A

Biography

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.

Education

J.D. from California Western School of Law (1974)

B.A. from Alliant International University (1971)

Career

U.S. Magistrate Judge at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego County, California (1993 to 2011)

Attorney at Private Practice (1974 to 1993)

Recent Rulings by Hon Anthony J. Battaglia

  • PHILIP BOBBITT V. MILBERG LLP

    Feb 1, 2018 | 

    PHILIP BOBBITT, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated; et al., Plaintiffs, and LANCE LABER, Intervenor-Plaintiff- Appellant, v. MILBERG LLP; et al., Defendants-Appellees. On Remand from th United States Suprem District Judge. This case returns to us pursuant to the Supr light of Micro...

  • ERNEST SUNRHODES V. QUENTIN BYRNE

    Jul 5, 2017 | 

    ERNEST SUNRHODES, Petitioner-Appellant, v. QUENTIN BYRNE, Warden, Respondent-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada Gloria M. Navarro, Chief Judge, Presiding Argued and submitted June 13, 2017 San Francisco, California Before: SCHROEDER and N.R. SMITH, Circuit Jud...

  • UNITED STATES V. MATTHEW KEYS

    Jun 26, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MATTHEW KEYS, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Kimberly J. Mueller, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 13, 2017 San Francisco, California Before: SCHROEDER and N.R. SMIT...

  • RICKEY HENRY V. CENTRAL FREIGHT LINES, INC.

    Jun 21, 2017 | 

    RICKEY HENRY, on behalf of himself and all persons similarly situated, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. CENTRAL FREIGHT LINES, INC., Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California John A. Mendez, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 13, 201...

  • MADELINE CARDENAS V. LORETTA E. LYNCH

    Jun 21, 2016 | 

    MADELINE CARDENAS; ROLANDO MORA-HUERTA, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; LORETTA E. LYNCH, Attorney General; RAND BEERS, in his official capacity as Secretary of Homeland Security; JOHN F. KERRY, United States Secretary of State; IAN BROWNLEE, Consul General of The United States, City of...

  • UNITED STATES V. CANDELARIO GARCIA

    May 23, 2016 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. CANDELARIO ALBERTO GARCIA, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Montana Susan P. Watters, District Judge Argued and Submitted May 5, 2016 Portland, Oregon Before: TALLMAN and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges and BA...

  • UNITED STATES V. ROBERT PATTON

    May 16, 2016 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. ROBERT PAUL PATTON, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Garr M. King, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted May 5, 2016 Portland, Oregon Before: TALLMAN and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges and BAT...

  • UNITED STATES V. DALLAS LAWRENCE

    May 11, 2016 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. DALLAS LAWRENCE, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Montana Brian M. Morris, District Judge, Presiding Submitted April 12, 2016** Portland, Oregon Before: TALLMAN, Circuit Judge, HURWITZ, Circuit Judge, ...

  • TERRY WORLEY V. PITE DUNCAN

    May 9, 2016 | 

    TERRY WORLEY, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. PITE DUNCAN, LLP; PNC BANK, N.A., DBA PNC Mortgage, Defendants - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Ann L. Aiken, Chief Judge, Presiding Submitted May 5, 2016** Portland, Oregon Before: TALLMAN and HURWITZ, Circuit Judg...

  • STEVEN MARSHALL V. GORDON TRUCKING, INC.

    May 9, 2016 | 

    STEVEN D. MARSHALL, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. GORDON TRUCKING, INC., a foreign corporation, Defendant - Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Anna J. Brown, District Judge, Presiding Submitted May 5, 2016** Portland, Oregon Before: TALLMAN and HURWITZ, Circuit Ju...

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