The Honorable Christine C. Ewell

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Christine C. Ewell (Ret.) was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally appointed to the bench in 2010 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the time of her appointment, she filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Josh M. Fredricks (Ret.). Ewell retired on March 8, 2018, just shy of eight years on the bench.

She was a registered Republican.

Ewell graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. from Texas A&M University. She went on to earn her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986.

After graduating from law school, Ewell returned to Texas to join the Houston law firm of Vinson and Elkins as an associate. After two years with the firm, and fresh off of a continuing education seminar at the National Institue for Trial Advocacy, Ewell decided to switch career paths by joining the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In 1990, she became an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, where she prosecuted mostly white-collar crimes.

She left the public sector in 1997 for a brief stint at the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers, where she served as counsel for the next three years.

Then, in 2002, Ewell became the special assistant to then-U.S. attorney Debra Yang with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. She would serve in that capacity until becoming chief of the Major Frauds Section in 2004. In 2007, Ewell was named chief of the Criminal Division, where her responsibilities included evaluating criminal charging decisions. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.

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