The Honorable John R. Smiley

Ventura County Superior Court, Department 31


The Hon. John R. Smiley is a judge for the Ventura County Superior Court in California. He served on the Municipal Court beginning in 1986 and was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 1998.

Judge Smiley received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University. He went on to earn his J.D. from Southwestern Law School.

Prior to becoming a Municipal Court judge, Smiley partnered at the Ventura law firm of Lucking, Bertelsen, Bysshe, Kuttler, and Smiley, where he specialized in family and business law.

In 2002, Judge Smiley was elected to serve as assistant presiding judge for the Superior Court.

He was named Judge of the Year in 2000 by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.

His wife, Lynn A. Smiley, practices estate law. They live in Camarillo, California, where they enjoy playing golf.

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