The Honorable Leland H. Tipton

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Leland H. Tipton (Ret.) was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Los Cerritos Municipal Court in 1997 by former governor Pete Wilson. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 as a result of the court's unification. Tipton retired from the bench on July 31, 2017, after serving as a judge for 30 years. The Hon. Jonathan L. Rosenbloom filled the vacancy created by his retirement.

Tipton received his B.A. from the University of Redlands in 1963. He went on to earn his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1966.

After law school, Tipton joined the Peace Corps with his wife, Mary Ann Tipton, where they both served as volunteers in Uganda in 1967. Tipton also served as a teacher in Uganda from 1970 to 1971.

Fresh off of his Peace Corps service in Uganda, Tipton returned to California in 1971 to join the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office as a deputy public defender. He would remain there for sixteen years.

Then, in 1987, Tipton was appointed a court commissioner for the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the Los Cerritos Municipal Court in 1997.

Tipton hoped to write and take painting classes in his retirement. He also enjoys gardening.

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