The Honorable James V. Selna

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 10C


The Hon. James V. Selna is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in January 2003 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2003. He filled the seat vacated by the late Hon. John Spencer Letts (deceased).

Judge Selna received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1967. He went on to earn his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1970. While at Stanford, Selna was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif honor societies and also served as an editor for the Law Review.

After graduating from law school, Selna became an associate at the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny and Myers LLP. He practiced in that capacity until being named a partner in 1978. In 1983, Selna then served as a partner at the firm's Newport Beach office. While at the firm, Selna specialized in business litigation with an emphasis on antitrust, and trade secret issues. Selna also served as an arbitrator for the National Panel and Large Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association. He remained with the firm until receiving a call to the state bench in 1998.

It was at that time that former Governor Pete Wilson appointed Selna to serve as an Orange County Superior Court judge. He remained on the Superior Court until his confirmation to the District Court in 2003.

Selna served as past-president and general counsel for the Newport Harbor Art Museum. He was the director of the Phoenix House and a trustee of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Some of his bar memberships have included the California State Bar Standing Committee on Federal Courts, the California State Bar Litigation Section, the California State Bar Antitrust Section, the Los Angeles County Bar Antitrust Section, and the Orange County Federal Bar Association.

He has been a prolific speaker on subjects ranging from antitrust law, business practices, and trade secrets.

Judge Selna was born in San Jose, California.

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