The Honorable Martha K. Gooding

Orange County Superior Court, Department C34

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Biography

The Hon. Martha K. Gooding is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. She was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on December 5, 2013, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of Associate Justice David A. Thompson.

Gooding earned a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1978. She then received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981.

Gooding began her legal career as an associate at Howard Rice et al. in 1983. Six years later, she became a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, a firm specializing in business litigation, securities litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Then, in 2000, she joined Howrey as a partner, a position she held for the next eleven years. After briefly working as an attorney in her own private practice, Gooding joined Jones Day as a partner, where she handled intellectual property cases involving trade secret misappropriation disputes and patent infringements.

Gooding was awarded the Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award in 2009.

She is a former President of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Orange County. She is a former co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force of the ABA Litigation Section. She is also a former member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Gooding was a resident of Newport Beach, California at the time of her appointment to the bench.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Martha K. Gooding

  • WOHLFEIL V. JARVIS

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Complaint 2) Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint 3) Motion to Quash Service of Summons 4) Case Management Conference OFF CALENDAR per notification the parties have settled. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissal of Settled Case for January 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in Department C32.

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  • PAREDES V. CINNAMON CREEK WESTMINSTER ASSOCIATES, L.P.

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Amended Complaint 2) Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint OFF CALENDAR pending ruling on Motion for Leave to File a Fourth Amended Complaint on 1/6/20

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  • SD HOTEL INVESTMENTS LLC V. PH SAN DIEGO HOTEL CIRCLE, LLC

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Order to Show Cause re: Preliminary Injunction OSC re: Preliminary Injunction Plaintiff SD Hotel Investments LLC seeks a preliminary injunction restraining and enjoining Defendant PH San Diego Hotel Circle, LLC and any individual or entity acting in concert with PHSD or acting at its direction or on its be...

  • NGUYEN V. HA

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Cross-Complaint 2) Case Management Conference The Court overrules Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Van Thanh Nguyen’s Demurrer to Defendants/Cross-Complainants Thu Thi Ha and Anh Mai Ha’s Cross-Complaint for partition and fraud. Nguyen is ordered to answer within 10 days. Partition Nguyen argues th...

  • HE V. HAN

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Consolidate The Court denies Plaintiff Ruzhen He’s Motion to Consolidate this case with Wang et al. v. Han et al., 30-2019-01100610. As a preliminary matter, the Court notes that Plaintiff has not complied with CRC 3.350(a). There is only one caption and the Notice was only filed in C32. On the m...

  • CHILDRESS V. ADELANTE RECOVERY CENTERS, INC..

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Summary Judgment and/or Adjudication The Motion by Defendants Adelante Recovery Centers, Inc., Rafael Penunuri, M.D., and Janis A. Caselli for summary judgment or adjudication of Plaintiff Dollie Childress’ First Amended Complaint is continued to January 27, 2020 at 1:30. There is no First Amend...

  • PIAZZA V. THE IRVINE COMPANY APARTMENT

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Order to Show Cause OFF CALENDAR in light of Defendants' withdrawal of their Motion for Summary Judgment /Adjudication

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  • LEONARDI V. JOHNSON

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for In Camera Review Joint Motion for In Camera Review of Third Party Non-Litigant Carmen Prantera's Resident File from Defendant Anaheim Plaza Defendants Kincaid Senior Living, Inc. dba Anaheim Crown Plaza and Camarin Johnson and Plaintiff Joseph Leonardi jointly seek an order for an in camera insp...

  • KAHMAR V. JAFFKE

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Deposition (Oral or Written) 2) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 3) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 4) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 5) Motion to Quash Discovery Subpoena (1) The Motion by Defendants Amy, Lauren, and Matthew Jaffke (collectively, ...

  • MICROSEMI CORP. - POWER MANAGEMENT GROUP V. AEROJET ROCKETDYNE, INC.

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – Defendant Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. (“ARI”) Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Microsemi Corp. – Power Management Group (“Plaintiff”) ARI seeks an order granting summa...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Martha K. Gooding

  • WOHLFEIL V. JARVIS

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Complaint 2) Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint 3) Motion to Quash Service of Summons 4) Case Management Conference OFF CALENDAR per notification the parties have settled. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissal of Settled Case for January 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in Department C32.

    ...

  • PAREDES V. CINNAMON CREEK WESTMINSTER ASSOCIATES, L.P.

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Amended Complaint 2) Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint OFF CALENDAR pending ruling on Motion for Leave to File a Fourth Amended Complaint on 1/6/20

    ...

  • SD HOTEL INVESTMENTS LLC V. PH SAN DIEGO HOTEL CIRCLE, LLC

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Order to Show Cause re: Preliminary Injunction OSC re: Preliminary Injunction Plaintiff SD Hotel Investments LLC seeks a preliminary injunction restraining and enjoining Defendant PH San Diego Hotel Circle, LLC and any individual or entity acting in concert with PHSD or acting at its direction or on its be...

  • NGUYEN V. HA

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Demurrer to Cross-Complaint 2) Case Management Conference The Court overrules Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Van Thanh Nguyen’s Demurrer to Defendants/Cross-Complainants Thu Thi Ha and Anh Mai Ha’s Cross-Complaint for partition and fraud. Nguyen is ordered to answer within 10 days. Partition Nguyen argues th...

  • HE V. HAN

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Consolidate The Court denies Plaintiff Ruzhen He’s Motion to Consolidate this case with Wang et al. v. Han et al., 30-2019-01100610. As a preliminary matter, the Court notes that Plaintiff has not complied with CRC 3.350(a). There is only one caption and the Notice was only filed in C32. On the m...

  • CHILDRESS V. ADELANTE RECOVERY CENTERS, INC..

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Summary Judgment and/or Adjudication The Motion by Defendants Adelante Recovery Centers, Inc., Rafael Penunuri, M.D., and Janis A. Caselli for summary judgment or adjudication of Plaintiff Dollie Childress’ First Amended Complaint is continued to January 27, 2020 at 1:30. There is no First Amend...

  • PIAZZA V. THE IRVINE COMPANY APARTMENT

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Order to Show Cause OFF CALENDAR in light of Defendants' withdrawal of their Motion for Summary Judgment /Adjudication

    ...

  • LEONARDI V. JOHNSON

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for In Camera Review Joint Motion for In Camera Review of Third Party Non-Litigant Carmen Prantera's Resident File from Defendant Anaheim Plaza Defendants Kincaid Senior Living, Inc. dba Anaheim Crown Plaza and Camarin Johnson and Plaintiff Joseph Leonardi jointly seek an order for an in camera insp...

  • KAHMAR V. JAFFKE

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Deposition (Oral or Written) 2) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 3) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 4) Motion to Compel Physical/Mental Examination 5) Motion to Quash Discovery Subpoena (1) The Motion by Defendants Amy, Lauren, and Matthew Jaffke (collectively, ...

  • MICROSEMI CORP. - POWER MANAGEMENT GROUP V. AEROJET ROCKETDYNE, INC.

    Dec 9, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – Defendant Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. (“ARI”) Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Microsemi Corp. – Power Management Group (“Plaintiff”) ARI seeks an order granting summa...

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