The Honorable Joseph M. Lipner

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 083


The Hon. Joseph M. Lipner is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Carol B. Goodson (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Lipner graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with his B.A. in English and literature from Yeshiva University in New York. He went on to earn his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.

Lipner clerked for the Hon. Ruth I. Abrams with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1989. After completing his clerkship, Lipner became a litigation associate to the famed Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, where he helped litigate criminal and civil appeals. Two years later, Lipner became an associate at the Los Angles office of Irell and Manella LLP. Then, in 1996, Lipner was made a partner for the firm. He would hold that position until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2018. During his 28 years with Irell and Manella, Lipner served as a member of the firm's intellectual property and litigation groups as well as the chair of their appellate practice group and ethics committee. He also litigated cases at the state and federal levels.

Lipner served as a law lecturer for UCLA School of Law, on the subjects of professional responsibility and legal ethics beginning in 2015, as well as for USC Gould School of Law, where he lectured on patent, copyright, and trademark laws in 2016.

He was selected as one of the Los Angeles Magazines Super Lawyers for several consecutive years beginning in 2006.

Judge Lipner speaks Spanish and Hebrew.

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