The Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian

El Dorado County Superior Court, Department 2


The Hon. Kenneth J. Melikian is a judge for the Superior Court of El Dorado County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 26, 2009, filling a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position.

Melikian earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He then completed a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

He began his legal career as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of San Bernardino County in 1978. Ten years later, he transferred to the Office of the District Attorney of Fresno County, where he served as a deputy district attorney until 1991. At that time, he joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California as an assistant U.S. Attorney. He served in that capacity until his appointment to the bench.

He is registered as a Republican.

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