The Honorable Christopher W. Dybwad

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 090


The Hon. Christopher W. Dybwad is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2018. He filled the vacancy created by the death of the Hon. Ross M. Klein (deceased).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Dybwad received his B.A. from Columbia College. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dybwad began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton LLC in 2001. After two years there, he began a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Richard A. Paez with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Then, in 2004, Dybwad rejoined Debevoise and Plimpton LLC where he practiced until 2005.

He would then leave the private sector to join the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California as a deputy federal public defender that same year. Dybwad rose to the level of chief deputy federal public defender in 2014 after serving as a supervising deputy federal public defender for the FPD's office. He remained in that capacity until his appointment to the Superior Court three years later.

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