The Honorable Christine W. Byrd

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 311

Biography

The Hon. Christine Byrd is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2010 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John P. Farrell (Ret.).

She is a registered Republican.

Judge Byrd received her B.A. from Stanford University. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975.

After graduating from law school, Byrd began a clerkship for the Hon. William P. Gray with the U.S. District Court in 1975. In 1976, she joined the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue as an associate.

After practicing with the firm for six years, Byrd became an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1982. Byrd served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the DOJ until leaving in 1987.

After leaving the public sector, she rejoined Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue as a partner, where she practiced until joining the law firm of Irell and Manella LLP as a partner in 1996. During her 14 years with the firm, her areas of practice included handling complex business litigation with a focus on damages in patent litigation. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.

Her memberships have included the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of the American Intellectual Property Law Associaton and the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Services.

She has served as a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, as well as in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Christine W. Byrd

  • JOHNNY MILES VS SBA 2012 TC ASSETS, LLC, ET AL.

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Expo-Bach, LLC and Expo-Ophir, LLC’s Demurrer to Complaint is OVERRULED.

    Background

    On February 14, 2018, Plaintiff Johnny Miles (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants SBA 2012 TC Assets, LLC; Expo-Bach, LLC; Expo-Ophir, LLC; and Does 1-10. On April 16, 2018,...

  • WEST ADAM PROPERTY LLC VS MOSES, JACK

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Cross-Defendant Gabriel Fedida’s Demurrer to Cross-Complaint is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    Cross-Defendant’s Motion to Strike is GRANTED without leave to amend as to attorney’s fees, DENIED as to the fraud cause of action, and MOOT as to punitive damages.

    Background

    On ...

  • KERNS, EDWARD P VS VALENCIA BMW

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Edward Kerns’ motion for leave to file a fourth amended complaint is DENIED without prejudice.

    Plaintiff filed this action for damages and declaratory relief arising from allegations that defendants concealed the true condition of paint on a vehicle they sold plaintiff. Plaintiff...

  • REYES, JAIME VS A1 KABOB

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Sameh Gayed’s Motion to Set Aside Default and Default Judgment is GRANTED.

    The Court sets an OSC re: status of A1 Kabob for October 31, 2018.

    Background

    On August 2, 2016, Plaintiff Jaime Reyes (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants A1 Kabob, Sameh Gay...

  • LINDSAY, SHIRLEY VS S. GREENRIDGE PROPERTIES, LLC

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Before bringing this state court action, Plaintiff Shirley Lindsay filed a complaint in federal district court against Defendant S. Greenridge Properties, LLC, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The federal court dismissed the Unruh...

  • JOHN TRAPPER VS JP MORGAN CHASE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, on Behalf of the Holders of the Wamu Mortgage Pass-through Certificates, Series 2005-AR8’s Demurrer is placed off calendar.

    The court granted the motion to reclassify this case to unlimited civil...

  • ADOLFO'S CONTRACTOR CORPORATION VS PACIFIC REACH PROPERTIES

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Pacific Reach Properties’ motions to compel Plaintiff Adolfo’s Contractor Corp. to respond to discovery are GRANTED. Plaintiff is ordered to provide full responses, without objections, within twenty days. Defendant’s request for sanctions is also GRANTED in the reduced amount of $885.

  • RUBEN ARMANDO BARRIENTOS GARCIA VS ADAN MARTINEZ

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Adan Martinez and Sofia Martinez’s motion to compel Plaintiff Adolfo’s Contractor Corp. to respond to discovery is GRANTED. Plaintiff is ordered to provide full responses, without objections, within twenty days. Defendants’ request for sanctions is also GRANTED in the requested amount o...

  • SIMONI M D, PAYMAN VS CRISTINA L H

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s motion to compel is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s deposition is to occur within 10 days at a reasonable time and place determined by Defendant. Defendant’s request for sanction is GRANTED IN PART in the reduced amount of $2025.95 against Plaintiff Payman Simoni, and are to be paid to Defendant’...

  • VEROS CREDIT, LLC VS OSCAR GONZALEZ

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Veros Credit, LLC’s Application for Court Order Granting Relief Under 50 U.S.C.A. § 3952 is DENIED.

    On January 22, 2018, Plaintiff Veros Credit, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant Oscar Gonzalez (“Defendant”). On March 13, 2018, Plaintiff filed an Application f...

  • WILLOUGHBY, ALTON VS MIRAMIKE AUTO WORLD

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Alton Willoughby’s Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to July 12, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 94. Plaintiff is to file and serve a declaration as required by CRC 3.1324(b) no later than June 11, 2018.

    On June 2, 2016, Plaintiff Alton Willoughby (“Plai...

  • VAN ANTWERP III, L WALKER VS SANDOVAL, CARLOS

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Carlos Sandoval’s Motion for Leave to Amend Answer is CONTINUED to July 12, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 94.

    Service and Notice

    CCP § 1005(b) provides in pertinent part: “[u]nless otherwise ordered or specifically provided by law, all moving and supporting papers shal...

  • WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY VS LEOMAN, MARSHALL LAMAR

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 20, 2018, the Court continued the disbursement hearing so that Olivia Sanchez (“Olivia”) may be properly served with a notice of the disbursement hearing. The notice of the continued disbursement hearing was not served on Olivia, but, instead, was served on Oliver Sanchez. Olivia has no o...

  • JAMES SHIN VS WELLS FARGO BANK, IN INDIVIDUAL

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is CONTINUED to June 21, 2018.

    CCP § 1005(b) provides that “all moving and supporting papers shall be served and filed at least 16 court days before the hearing… if the notice is served by mail, the required 16-day period of n...

  • ARCHIE, TOUMARIA VS ARCHIE, MEIRA

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s demurrer and motion to strike the complaint is CONTINUED TO July 12, 2018. Code of Civil Procedure section 430.41, subdivision (a), requires “the demurring party [to] meet and confer in person or by telephone with the party who filed the pleading” before filing a demurrer. Although Def...

  • VAZQUEZ, JOSE LUIS VS PUBLIC STORAGE INC

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Public Storage, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Adjudication as to the first and second causes of action is GRANTED and as to the third cause of action is DENIED.

    Plaintiff Jose Luis Vazquez (“Plaintiff”) filed a Complaint on March 10,...

  • DANIEL MONTEON-GONZALEZ, AN INDIVIDUAL VS CARNICERIA LA LUPITA

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant J. Fung’s demurrer is sustained with 10 days leave to amend.

    Background

    Plaintiff Daniel Monteon-Gonzalez (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant action for (1) Violation of California Civil Code Section 51(b)—Unruh Civil Rights Act, (2) Violation of California Civil Code Section...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & VS GERSHMAN, DENNIS

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt’s motion to fix attorney’s fees as costs is GRANTED in the total sum of $6,562.50.

    Background

    On October 13, 2016, Plaintiff filed suit to enforce a retainer agreement against Defendants Dennis Gershman aka Gregory D. Gershman and Pac...

  • VANESSA D FRAZIER VS HAWAIIAN GARDENS CASINO

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Vanessa D. Frazier’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement is DENIED.

    On January 3, 2017, Plaintiff Vanessa D. Frazier (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant Hawaiian Gardens Casino (“Defendant”). On April 9, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Determination...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & VS MARGARY, RENE M

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Rene Margary’s motion to vacate judgment is DENIED.

    Background

    On April 1, 2016, Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP, sued Defendant Rene Margary for her failure to pay Plaintiff for forensic accounting services it provided her. Trial was set for October ...

  • HEEDO HAN VS LUCY AHN

    May 08, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Tower Escrow, Inc.’s Demurrer to Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On January 24, 2018, Plaintiff Heedo Han (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendants Lucy Ahn (“Ahn”) and Tower Escrow, Inc. (“TEI”), asserting causes of action for (1) conversion and (2) negligence. On April 3, 2018...

  • AUSMAN, SHAHZAAD VS JAVIAN, OMID

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On February 20, 2018, Plaintiff Shahzaad Ausman’s Counsel Michael B. Wilson’s (“Counsel”) filed a Motion to be Relieved as Counsel (the “Motion”).

    Discussion

    The court may order that an attorney be changed or substituted at any time before or after judgment or final determination u...

  • LAW OFFICES OF LES ZIEVE VS 1033 CLEMENT STREET LOS ANGELES CA

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    No dispositive tentative ruling is issued at this time.

    ...

  • CODED AGENCY LLC VS ODY THE COREMONY LLC

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s motion is GRANTED. Plaintiff is awarded $7,052.50 in attorney’s fees and $401.58 in costs.

    On April 14, 2017, Plaintiff Coded Agency LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against ODY the Ceremony LLC (“Defendant”) for breach of contract. On August 14, 2017, Plaintiff requested an...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Christine W. Byrd

  • JOHNNY MILES VS SBA 2012 TC ASSETS, LLC, ET AL.

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Expo-Bach, LLC and Expo-Ophir, LLC’s Demurrer to Complaint is OVERRULED.

    Background

    On February 14, 2018, Plaintiff Johnny Miles (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants SBA 2012 TC Assets, LLC; Expo-Bach, LLC; Expo-Ophir, LLC; and Does 1-10. On April 16, 2018,...

  • WEST ADAM PROPERTY LLC VS MOSES, JACK

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Cross-Defendant Gabriel Fedida’s Demurrer to Cross-Complaint is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    Cross-Defendant’s Motion to Strike is GRANTED without leave to amend as to attorney’s fees, DENIED as to the fraud cause of action, and MOOT as to punitive damages.

    Background

    On ...

  • KERNS, EDWARD P VS VALENCIA BMW

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Edward Kerns’ motion for leave to file a fourth amended complaint is DENIED without prejudice.

    Plaintiff filed this action for damages and declaratory relief arising from allegations that defendants concealed the true condition of paint on a vehicle they sold plaintiff. Plaintiff...

  • REYES, JAIME VS A1 KABOB

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Sameh Gayed’s Motion to Set Aside Default and Default Judgment is GRANTED.

    The Court sets an OSC re: status of A1 Kabob for October 31, 2018.

    Background

    On August 2, 2016, Plaintiff Jaime Reyes (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants A1 Kabob, Sameh Gay...

  • LINDSAY, SHIRLEY VS S. GREENRIDGE PROPERTIES, LLC

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Before bringing this state court action, Plaintiff Shirley Lindsay filed a complaint in federal district court against Defendant S. Greenridge Properties, LLC, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The federal court dismissed the Unruh...

  • JOHN TRAPPER VS JP MORGAN CHASE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, on Behalf of the Holders of the Wamu Mortgage Pass-through Certificates, Series 2005-AR8’s Demurrer is placed off calendar.

    The court granted the motion to reclassify this case to unlimited civil...

  • ADOLFO'S CONTRACTOR CORPORATION VS PACIFIC REACH PROPERTIES

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Pacific Reach Properties’ motions to compel Plaintiff Adolfo’s Contractor Corp. to respond to discovery are GRANTED. Plaintiff is ordered to provide full responses, without objections, within twenty days. Defendant’s request for sanctions is also GRANTED in the reduced amount of $885.

  • RUBEN ARMANDO BARRIENTOS GARCIA VS ADAN MARTINEZ

    May 15, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Adan Martinez and Sofia Martinez’s motion to compel Plaintiff Adolfo’s Contractor Corp. to respond to discovery is GRANTED. Plaintiff is ordered to provide full responses, without objections, within twenty days. Defendants’ request for sanctions is also GRANTED in the requested amount o...

  • SIMONI M D, PAYMAN VS CRISTINA L H

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s motion to compel is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s deposition is to occur within 10 days at a reasonable time and place determined by Defendant. Defendant’s request for sanction is GRANTED IN PART in the reduced amount of $2025.95 against Plaintiff Payman Simoni, and are to be paid to Defendant’...

  • VEROS CREDIT, LLC VS OSCAR GONZALEZ

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Veros Credit, LLC’s Application for Court Order Granting Relief Under 50 U.S.C.A. § 3952 is DENIED.

    On January 22, 2018, Plaintiff Veros Credit, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant Oscar Gonzalez (“Defendant”). On March 13, 2018, Plaintiff filed an Application f...

  • WILLOUGHBY, ALTON VS MIRAMIKE AUTO WORLD

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Alton Willoughby’s Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to July 12, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 94. Plaintiff is to file and serve a declaration as required by CRC 3.1324(b) no later than June 11, 2018.

    On June 2, 2016, Plaintiff Alton Willoughby (“Plai...

  • VAN ANTWERP III, L WALKER VS SANDOVAL, CARLOS

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Carlos Sandoval’s Motion for Leave to Amend Answer is CONTINUED to July 12, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 94.

    Service and Notice

    CCP § 1005(b) provides in pertinent part: “[u]nless otherwise ordered or specifically provided by law, all moving and supporting papers shal...

  • WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY VS LEOMAN, MARSHALL LAMAR

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 20, 2018, the Court continued the disbursement hearing so that Olivia Sanchez (“Olivia”) may be properly served with a notice of the disbursement hearing. The notice of the continued disbursement hearing was not served on Olivia, but, instead, was served on Oliver Sanchez. Olivia has no o...

  • JAMES SHIN VS WELLS FARGO BANK, IN INDIVIDUAL

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is CONTINUED to June 21, 2018.

    CCP § 1005(b) provides that “all moving and supporting papers shall be served and filed at least 16 court days before the hearing… if the notice is served by mail, the required 16-day period of n...

  • ARCHIE, TOUMARIA VS ARCHIE, MEIRA

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s demurrer and motion to strike the complaint is CONTINUED TO July 12, 2018. Code of Civil Procedure section 430.41, subdivision (a), requires “the demurring party [to] meet and confer in person or by telephone with the party who filed the pleading” before filing a demurrer. Although Def...

  • VAZQUEZ, JOSE LUIS VS PUBLIC STORAGE INC

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Public Storage, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Adjudication as to the first and second causes of action is GRANTED and as to the third cause of action is DENIED.

    Plaintiff Jose Luis Vazquez (“Plaintiff”) filed a Complaint on March 10,...

  • DANIEL MONTEON-GONZALEZ, AN INDIVIDUAL VS CARNICERIA LA LUPITA

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant J. Fung’s demurrer is sustained with 10 days leave to amend.

    Background

    Plaintiff Daniel Monteon-Gonzalez (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant action for (1) Violation of California Civil Code Section 51(b)—Unruh Civil Rights Act, (2) Violation of California Civil Code Section...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & VS GERSHMAN, DENNIS

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt’s motion to fix attorney’s fees as costs is GRANTED in the total sum of $6,562.50.

    Background

    On October 13, 2016, Plaintiff filed suit to enforce a retainer agreement against Defendants Dennis Gershman aka Gregory D. Gershman and Pac...

  • VANESSA D FRAZIER VS HAWAIIAN GARDENS CASINO

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Vanessa D. Frazier’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement is DENIED.

    On January 3, 2017, Plaintiff Vanessa D. Frazier (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant Hawaiian Gardens Casino (“Defendant”). On April 9, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Determination...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & VS MARGARY, RENE M

    May 10, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Rene Margary’s motion to vacate judgment is DENIED.

    Background

    On April 1, 2016, Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP, sued Defendant Rene Margary for her failure to pay Plaintiff for forensic accounting services it provided her. Trial was set for October ...

  • HEEDO HAN VS LUCY AHN

    May 08, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Tower Escrow, Inc.’s Demurrer to Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On January 24, 2018, Plaintiff Heedo Han (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendants Lucy Ahn (“Ahn”) and Tower Escrow, Inc. (“TEI”), asserting causes of action for (1) conversion and (2) negligence. On April 3, 2018...

  • AUSMAN, SHAHZAAD VS JAVIAN, OMID

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On February 20, 2018, Plaintiff Shahzaad Ausman’s Counsel Michael B. Wilson’s (“Counsel”) filed a Motion to be Relieved as Counsel (the “Motion”).

    Discussion

    The court may order that an attorney be changed or substituted at any time before or after judgment or final determination u...

  • LAW OFFICES OF LES ZIEVE VS 1033 CLEMENT STREET LOS ANGELES CA

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    No dispositive tentative ruling is issued at this time.

    ...

  • CODED AGENCY LLC VS ODY THE COREMONY LLC

    Apr 25, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s motion is GRANTED. Plaintiff is awarded $7,052.50 in attorney’s fees and $401.58 in costs.

    On April 14, 2017, Plaintiff Coded Agency LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against ODY the Ceremony LLC (“Defendant”) for breach of contract. On August 14, 2017, Plaintiff requested an...

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