The Honorable Douglas F. McCormick

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 6B


The Hon. Douglas F. McCormick is a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division. He was appointed to the District Court in 2013. He filled the seat vacated by the retirement of the Hon. Marc L. Goldman (Ret.).

Judge McCormick received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 1991. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1995.

After graduating from law school, McCormick clerked for the Hon. Gary L. Taylor, Justice of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for one year beginning in 1995. He then began a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Charles E. Wiggins with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit beginning in 1996.

Upon completing his clerkships, McCormick entered into private practice. He joined the law firm Latham and Watkins, where he practiced until leaving the private sector in 2001.

It was at that time that McCormick became an assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where he was assigned to the Criminal Division. During his tenure with the U.S. Attorney's Office, McCormick would become a deputy chief and acting chief of the USAO's Santa Ana Branch Office. As a federal prosecutor, McCormick helped prosecute several significant criminal cases including one of the United States first prosecutions for aircraft parts fraud. Some of his other cases involved the prosecution of corporate executives under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as the prosecution of Mexican Mafia gang members.

In 2008, McCormick was honored with the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his involvement in a domestic terrorism case against a group of prisoners plotting an attack on military recruiting centers and synagogues.

He has also served as a volunteer for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County.

At the time of his appointment to the District Court, Judge McCormick and his wife, Melissa, who at the time was a partner at Irell and Manella, lived in Laguna Beach with their three children.

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