The Honorable Martha K. Gooding

Orange County Superior Court, Department C34


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.

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