The Hon. Emily S. Garcia Uhrig is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former Governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. C. Edward Simpson (Ret.).
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Garcia Uhrig graduated with her B.A. in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She went on to earn her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1991.
Garcia Uhrig began her legal career at the law firm of Hogan and Hartson in 1991. She left the firm a year later to clerk for the Hon. Harry Pregerson with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Garcia Uhrig rejoined Hogan and Hartson in 1993.
Two years later, she became an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C. Then, in 1997, Garcia Uhrig returned to California to join the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California, where she worked as a deputy federal public defender for the next four years. In 2001, she became a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she would remain until 2006.
Garcia Uhrig entered academia in 2006, becoming a professor of law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, a position she held until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2018.