Judge Cormac J. Carney | Trellis

The Honorable Cormac J. Carney

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 7C

Biography

The Hon. Cormac J. Carney is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in January 2003 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2003. He filled the seat vacated by the Hon. Carlos R. Moreno upon his appointment to the California Supreme Court.

Judge Carney graduated cum laude with his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983. While in college, Carney played wide receiver on the UCLA Bruins football team. After graduating, he played briefly in the U.S. Football League. After one season in the USFL, Carney decided to pursue his law degree. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987.

After graduating from law school, Carney joined the law firm of Latham and Watkins LLP, where he practiced business litigation for four years. He then moved to O'Melveny and Myers LLP in 1991. During his tenure there, Carney was elevated to partner and would continue in his practice of business litigation.

Then, in 2001, former Governor Gray Davis appointed Carney to serve as an Orange County Superior Court Judge. During his brief tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Carney presided over criminal and civil assignments. He had only served on the Superior Court briefly before receiving the nomination to the District Court in 2003.

During his tenure on the District Court, Judge Carney has handled complex civil and criminal matters with an emphasis on patents, copyrights, trademarks, securities, business, civil rights, and white collar crimes. In a 2014 ruling, Judge Carney deemed the California death penalty to be unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal reversed his ruling in 2015.

Judge Carney, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, is of Irish descent. His parents, who were both physicians, immigrated from Ireland to the United States, so that his father, Pádraig Carney, could further his practice of medicine.

Education

J.D. from Harvard Law School (1987)

B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1983) (Psychology)

Career

Judge at Orange County Superior Court in Orange County, California (2001 to 2003)

Partner at O'Melveny and Myers LLP in Orange County, California (1991 to 2001)

Associate at Latham and Watkins LLP in Orange County, California (1987 to 1991)

Recent Rulings by Hon Cormac J. Carney

  • UNITED STATES V. MOHAMMAD KHAN

    Jul 5, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MOHAMMAD ADNAN KHAN, Defendant-Appellant. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MOHAMMAD NAWAZ KHAN, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Morrison C. England, Jr., District Judge,...

  • SHEENA PRESLEY-CARRILLO V. NANCY BERRYHILL

    Jul 3, 2017 | 

    SHEENA MARIE PRESLEY- CARRILLO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona James A. Teilborg, District Judge, Presiding Submitted June 15, 2017** San Francisco, California B...

  • UNITED STATES V. KEN FOWLER

    Jun 30, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. KEN JERMAINE FOWLER, AKA Jermaine Kenneth Fowler, AKA Kenneth Jermaine Fowler, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona G. Murray Snow, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 15, 2017 San Fran...

  • UNITED STATES V. CHARLES HEAD

    Jun 27, 2017 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. CHARLES HEAD, Defendant-Appellant. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. CHARLES HEAD, Defendant-Appellant. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. JEREMY MICHAEL HEAD, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for...

  • ANGELIC PALLESI V. NANCY BERRYHILL

    Jun 27, 2017 | 

    ANGELIC RENEE PALLESI, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Sandra M. Snyder, Magistrate Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 15, 2017 San Francisco, ...

  • OMAR TAYLOR V. TIMOTHY FILSON

    Jun 21, 2017 | 

    OMAR TERRELL TAYLOR, Petitioner-Appellant, v. TIMOTHY FILSON and NEVADA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondents-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada Robert Clive Jones, Senior District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 15, 2017 San Francisco, California Before: ...

  • RONALD HOOKS V. KITSAP TENANT SUPPORT SERVICES

    Mar 7, 2016 | 

    RONALD K. HOOKS, Regional Director of the Nineteenth Region of the National Labor Relations Board, for and on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, Petitioner-Appellant, v. KITSAP TENANT SUPPORT SERVICES, INC., Respondent-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western Distri...

  • UNITED STATES V. MUSAB MASMARI

    Jul 17, 2015 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. MUSAB MOHAMMED MASMARI, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Ricardo S. Martinez, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted July 7, 2015 Seattle, Washington Before: NGUYEN and FRIED...

  • UNITED STATES V. DONALD STREICH

    Jul 13, 2015 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. DONALD JAY STREICH, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Ronald B. Leighton, District Judge, Presiding Submitted July 7, 2015** Seattle, Washington Before: NGUYEN and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judg...

  • UNITED STATES V. CEASAR COGGER

    Jul 9, 2015 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. CEASAR A. COGGER, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Karen L. Strombom, Magistrate Judge, Presiding Submitted July 7, 2015** Seattle, Washington Before: NGUYEN and FRIEDLAND, Circuit J...

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