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

  • DANG V. THIEU

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Substitute Plaintiff -- GRANTED Richard A. Marshack, Chapter 7 Trustee of plaintiff Kim Dang’s bankruptcy estate, moves for an order allowing him to substitute in as plaintiff in this action, for the purpose of enforcing the Judgment that previously was entered by the Court in favor of Plaintiff ...

  • MATHIS V. CHADWICK

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Arbitration - GRANTED 2) ADR Review Hearing – Continued to March 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Plaintiffs Violette Mathis, individually and as trustee, and CVM Corporation seek an order appointing an arbitrator pursuant to Code Civ. Proc. §1281.6. Motion is granted. The Court previously found th...

  • GERGES V. CORDER

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Entry of Judgment - DENIED In this Motion to Enter Judgment, Defendant John R. Corder asks the Court to do two things: First, to enter an order declaring him the prevailing party for purposes of a cost award; and second, to enter Judgment in the amount of the unchallenged memorandum of costs. Th...

  • FAILLA V. GOLDSCHWARTZ

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Compel Production -- DENIED The Court denies the Motion by Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Geoffrey Failla to Compel Defendant/Cross-Complainant Leo Goldschwartz’s response to Request for Production of Documents and Things, Set One. Sanctions are also denied. Failla moves under the incorrect statute. H...

  • ORANGE COUNTY SOBER CENTER, LLC V. BRACAMONTES

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel of Record 2) Case Management Conference The Court grants the Motion by the Law Offices of John H. Kibbler to be Relieved as Counsel for Plaintiff Orange County Sober Center, LLC. The Court finds that Counsel timely served Plaintiff at its last known address after confirm...

  • BRYANT V. FAY SERVICING, LLC

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to be Relieved as Counsel of Record – CONDITIONALLY GRANTED The Motion of Harouni Law Group, by Kaivan Harouni, Counsel of Record for Plaintiff Mary Bryant, to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff is granted upon the condition that counsel file and serve a proposed order on the required Judicial Cou...

  • SMAILI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. V. STATE FARM INSURANCE

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Discharge -- DENIED Interpleader Plaintiff Barry P. Goldberg, A Professional Law Corporation moves for an order discharging it from this case on all liabilities arising from the $54,166.66 it deposited with this Court on the ground it asserts no claim against those funds. The motion is denied. E...

  • POISSANT V. ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Answers to Form Interrogatories 2) Motion to Compel Answers to Form Interrogatories 3) Motion to Compel Answers to Special Interrogatories 4) Motion to Compel Production The Motions by Defendant Orange County Fire Authority (“Defendant”) to compel Plaintiff Courtney Poissant (“Plaintiff...

  • SADDLEBACK MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER - SAN CLEMENTE V. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint The Court grants Allstate’s Motion for Leave to file the Proposed First Amended Cross-Complaint. Allstate is ordered to file and serve the First Amended Cross-Complaint attached to the Motion within 7 days. Judicial policy favors resolution of all dispute...

  • PIAZZA V. THE IRVINE COMPANY APARTMENT COMMUNITIES, INC.

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Uphold the Designation of Certain Documents as Confidential – granted in part and denied in part 2) Status Conference – parties to appear Motion to Uphold the Designation of Certain Documents as Confidential Pursuant to the 5/7/2019 Stipulation and Protective Order entered by the Court in this...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Martha K. Gooding

  • DANG V. THIEU

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Substitute Plaintiff -- GRANTED Richard A. Marshack, Chapter 7 Trustee of plaintiff Kim Dang’s bankruptcy estate, moves for an order allowing him to substitute in as plaintiff in this action, for the purpose of enforcing the Judgment that previously was entered by the Court in favor of Plaintiff ...

  • MATHIS V. CHADWICK

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Arbitration - GRANTED 2) ADR Review Hearing – Continued to March 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Plaintiffs Violette Mathis, individually and as trustee, and CVM Corporation seek an order appointing an arbitrator pursuant to Code Civ. Proc. §1281.6. Motion is granted. The Court previously found th...

  • GERGES V. CORDER

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Entry of Judgment - DENIED In this Motion to Enter Judgment, Defendant John R. Corder asks the Court to do two things: First, to enter an order declaring him the prevailing party for purposes of a cost award; and second, to enter Judgment in the amount of the unchallenged memorandum of costs. Th...

  • FAILLA V. GOLDSCHWARTZ

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Compel Production -- DENIED The Court denies the Motion by Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Geoffrey Failla to Compel Defendant/Cross-Complainant Leo Goldschwartz’s response to Request for Production of Documents and Things, Set One. Sanctions are also denied. Failla moves under the incorrect statute. H...

  • ORANGE COUNTY SOBER CENTER, LLC V. BRACAMONTES

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel of Record 2) Case Management Conference The Court grants the Motion by the Law Offices of John H. Kibbler to be Relieved as Counsel for Plaintiff Orange County Sober Center, LLC. The Court finds that Counsel timely served Plaintiff at its last known address after confirm...

  • BRYANT V. FAY SERVICING, LLC

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to be Relieved as Counsel of Record – CONDITIONALLY GRANTED The Motion of Harouni Law Group, by Kaivan Harouni, Counsel of Record for Plaintiff Mary Bryant, to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff is granted upon the condition that counsel file and serve a proposed order on the required Judicial Cou...

  • SMAILI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. V. STATE FARM INSURANCE

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Discharge -- DENIED Interpleader Plaintiff Barry P. Goldberg, A Professional Law Corporation moves for an order discharging it from this case on all liabilities arising from the $54,166.66 it deposited with this Court on the ground it asserts no claim against those funds. The motion is denied. E...

  • POISSANT V. ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Compel Answers to Form Interrogatories 2) Motion to Compel Answers to Form Interrogatories 3) Motion to Compel Answers to Special Interrogatories 4) Motion to Compel Production The Motions by Defendant Orange County Fire Authority (“Defendant”) to compel Plaintiff Courtney Poissant (“Plaintiff...

  • SADDLEBACK MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER - SAN CLEMENTE V. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint The Court grants Allstate’s Motion for Leave to file the Proposed First Amended Cross-Complaint. Allstate is ordered to file and serve the First Amended Cross-Complaint attached to the Motion within 7 days. Judicial policy favors resolution of all dispute...

  • PIAZZA V. THE IRVINE COMPANY APARTMENT COMMUNITIES, INC.

    Nov 18, 2019 |  Judge Martha K. Gooding |  Orange County, CA

    1) Motion to Uphold the Designation of Certain Documents as Confidential – granted in part and denied in part 2) Status Conference – parties to appear Motion to Uphold the Designation of Certain Documents as Confidential Pursuant to the 5/7/2019 Stipulation and Protective Order entered by the Court in this...

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