The Honorable Maurice A. Leiter

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department A

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Biography

The Hon. Maurice A. Leiter is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2015 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Antonio Barreto (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Leiter received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1979. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. in 1982.

After graduating from law school, Leiter became an associate for the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison from 1982 to 1985.

In 1986, Leiter joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where he served as an assistant U.S. Attorney. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Leiter handled mostly white-collar crimes involving the banking and defense industries as well as government corruption cases. He would be named assistant chief U.S. Attorney for the Criminal Division before leaving in 1991 to reenter the private sector.

Leiter became counsel for the Los Angeles law firm of Arnold and Porter LLP and served in that capacity from 1991 to 1993. Then, in 1994, he was made a partner for the firm. During his time at Arnold and Porter LLP, Leiter's areas of practice included toxic torts, product liability, and antitrust litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defense. He also served as an advisor in the matters of compliance programs and responsible business practices in an effort to reduce companies risks in litigation. He practiced for the firm for 21 years until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Maurice A. Leiter

  • ALEXANDR LEVERTOV SUING DERIVATIVELY ON BEHALF OF GLOBAL PARATRANSIT, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION AND ALL YELLOW TAXI, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS REZA NASROLLAHY, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 10. Aleksandr Levertov v. Reza Nasrollahy, et al.

    Case No.: 19TRCV00201

    Matter on calendar for: motion to dismiss, or, alternatively, require a bond (x2)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Aleksandr Levertov brings this suit on behalf of Global Paratransit, ...

  • DALILA ESMERALDA GOMEZ CHAMORRO ET AL VS CYNTHIA ROCIO SEBAS

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 12. Dalila Gomez-Chamorro, et al. v. Cynthia Sebastiani, et al.

    Case No.: BC717913

    Matter on calendar for: motion to strike

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiffs Dalila Esmeralda Gomez-Chamorro and Andrew Lopez allege defendant Cynthia Rocio Sebastiani neglige...

  • FANTASIA DEVELOPMENT, ET AL VS. HUNTINGTON DEVELOPMENT, INC.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 11. Fantasia Development, LLC, et al. v. Huntington Development, Inc., et al.

    Case No.: TC023033

    Matter on calendar for: Motion to vacate default judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiffs Fantasia Development, LLC, and Shigeto Shimizu contracted with defe...

  • JUSTIN MANUEL VS HELENE HAZEL REOLA DE LEOS

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 9. Justin Manuel v. Helen Hazel Reola De Leos

    Case No.: 19CMCV00006

    Matter on calendar for: motion to strike Complaint; motion to compel initial responses (x2)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Justin Manuel sued defendant Helen Hazel Reola De Leos, for (1)...

  • DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. VS RIVER STAR RECYCLING, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 6. De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. v. River Star Recycling, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 19CMCV00005

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (“DLL”), entered into three equipment finance agreements with defenda...

  • GEORGE AVALOS VS SHATRUJEET INC, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 7. George Avalos v. Shatrujeet, Inc.

    Case #: 19CMCV00017

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff George Avalos alleges defendant Shatrujeet, Inc., operates a hotel within Los Angeles that does not enable an individual with disabilities to make reserv...

  • FLEXI-VAN LEASING, INC. VS JB POWER, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 1. Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. v. JB Power, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 18CMCV00090

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc., provides chassis leasing services in the transportation industry. They provided these services to defendant JB P...

  • AILEN FITERZ ET AL VS FRANK BERRUECO ET AL

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 3. Ailen Fiterz, et al v. Frank Berruceco, et al.

    Case No.: BC654980

    Matter on calendar for: motion for new trial; motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Ailen Fiterz, Artin Fiterz, and Roza Unikyan alleged injuries from an ...

  • M W VS COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 2. M.W. v. Compton Unified School District

    Case No.: BC635938

    Matter on calendar for: petition for minor’s compromise

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a personal injury action. Plaintiff, M.W., via her guardian ad litem, alleges negligent supervision ...

  • BRENI MEJIA ET AL VS HECTOR FIGUEROA

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 4. Breni Mejia, et al. v. Hector Figueroa

    Case No.: BC722009

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to Complaint

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Facts

    Plaintiffs Breni Mejia and Henry Rivera rented a one-bedroom unit from defendant Hector Figueroa beginning on or about April 1, 201...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 1. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. v. Cedric Turner, et al.

    Case No.: 19CMUD00516

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action concerning the property at 2035 North Kalsman Avenue, Compton CA 9...

  • NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION VS 1905 WEST PIRU STREET, COMPTON, CA 90222

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 8. In re 1905 West Piru Street, Compton, CA 90222

    Case No.: 19CMCP00077

    Matter on calendar for: petition to deposit surplus funds

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Petitioner National Default Servicing Corporation conducted a trustee’s sale of the property at 1905 We...

  • BARTO/SIGNAL PETROLEUM, INC. VS ALAMITOS LAND COMPANY

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 13. Barto/Signal Petroleum, Inc. v. Alamitos Land Company, et al.

    Case No.: NC061431

    Matter on calendar for: motion for judgment on the pleadings; hearing on proposed judgments

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a breach of contract case involving a 1999 settl...

  • VICTORIA GUTIERREZ VS WCPP RISK ET AL

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 12. Victoria Gutierrez v. WCPP Risk, et al.

    Case No.: BC651101

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Victoria Gutierrez alleges that on June 30, 2015 she fell on a sidewalk near her apartment at 20434 Leapwood...

  • FLEXI-VAN LEASING, INC. VS WILD WEST INVESTMENT GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Add-on #1. Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. v. Wild West Investment Group, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 19CMCV00027

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc., provides chassis leasing services in the transportation industry. They provided these service...

  • LORENA SALAZAR MORALES VS VAHAN SERVICES, INC.

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 11. Lorena Salazar Morales v. Vahan Services, Inc.

    Case No.: 18CMCV00057

    Matter on calendar for: motion to set aside default

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Lorena Salazar Morales worked for defendant Vahan Services, Inc., at a commercial laundry. The Com...

  • SOFI LENDING CORP. VS DIETRA WOODS

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 9. SoFi Lending Corp. v. Dietra Woods

    Case No: 19CMCV00011

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: This is an action for recovery on a credit card account. Plaintiff SoFi Lending Corp. extended a credit to defendant Dietra Woods. There is currently $83,068.29 outst...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 3. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. v. Cedric Turner, et al.

    Case No.: 19CMUD00516

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action concerning the property at 2035 North Kalsman Avenue, Compton CA 9...

  • FEDERAL INSURANCE COMPANY VS. FRANK MAINOLFI

    Jun 19, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 4. Federal Insurance Company v. Frank Mainolfi, et al.

    Case #: TC029108

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: This is a subrogation action brought by plaintiff Federal Insurance Company to recover damages for fraudulent embezzlement by defendant Frank Mainol...

  • CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD'S OF LONDON VS RELIABLE TRANSPORT J&A LLC

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Add-on #1. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London v. Reliable Transport J&A, LLC

    Case #: 18STCV01384

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London insured CTS Global Supply Chain Solutions. CTS is a freight forwarder t...

  • ANGELO J. JACKSON VS. WELLS FARGO BANK, ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 5. Angelo Jackson v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al.

    Case No.: TC028944

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to the SAC (x2); motion to strike

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., foreclosed on plaintiff Angelo Jackson’s property and sold it at a ...

  • DAVID AZIZI VS. BEHNAM RAFALIAN, ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 6. David Azizi v. Behnam Rafalian, et al.

    Case No.: TC029184

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to first amended cross-complaint

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff David Azizi, as an independent trustee for the Shamsam Irrevocable Trust, brought this action ag...

  • ROUBIK DANEELIAN VS ENERGY TRANSPORT & LOGISTIC, LLC

    Jun 14, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 7. Roubik Daneelian v. Energy Transportation & Logistic, LLC, et al.

    Case #: TC029286

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Roubik Daneelian alleges defendants Energy Transport & Logistic, LLC, ETL West, LLC, and Fiasco Enterprises, Inc., violated wage ...

  • DEBORAH RUSSELL VS KENNETH HAHN PLAZA ET AL

    Jun 13, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 1. Deborah Russell v. Kenneth Hahn Plaza, et al.

    Case No.: BC636313

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment (x4)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a premises liability action. Plaintiff Deborah Russell was the assistant manager at a Denny’s...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Maurice A. Leiter

  • ALEXANDR LEVERTOV SUING DERIVATIVELY ON BEHALF OF GLOBAL PARATRANSIT, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION AND ALL YELLOW TAXI, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS REZA NASROLLAHY, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 10. Aleksandr Levertov v. Reza Nasrollahy, et al.

    Case No.: 19TRCV00201

    Matter on calendar for: motion to dismiss, or, alternatively, require a bond (x2)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Aleksandr Levertov brings this suit on behalf of Global Paratransit, ...

  • DALILA ESMERALDA GOMEZ CHAMORRO ET AL VS CYNTHIA ROCIO SEBAS

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 12. Dalila Gomez-Chamorro, et al. v. Cynthia Sebastiani, et al.

    Case No.: BC717913

    Matter on calendar for: motion to strike

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiffs Dalila Esmeralda Gomez-Chamorro and Andrew Lopez allege defendant Cynthia Rocio Sebastiani neglige...

  • FANTASIA DEVELOPMENT, ET AL VS. HUNTINGTON DEVELOPMENT, INC.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 11. Fantasia Development, LLC, et al. v. Huntington Development, Inc., et al.

    Case No.: TC023033

    Matter on calendar for: Motion to vacate default judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiffs Fantasia Development, LLC, and Shigeto Shimizu contracted with defe...

  • JUSTIN MANUEL VS HELENE HAZEL REOLA DE LEOS

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 9. Justin Manuel v. Helen Hazel Reola De Leos

    Case No.: 19CMCV00006

    Matter on calendar for: motion to strike Complaint; motion to compel initial responses (x2)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Justin Manuel sued defendant Helen Hazel Reola De Leos, for (1)...

  • DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. VS RIVER STAR RECYCLING, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 6. De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. v. River Star Recycling, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 19CMCV00005

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (“DLL”), entered into three equipment finance agreements with defenda...

  • GEORGE AVALOS VS SHATRUJEET INC, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 7. George Avalos v. Shatrujeet, Inc.

    Case #: 19CMCV00017

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff George Avalos alleges defendant Shatrujeet, Inc., operates a hotel within Los Angeles that does not enable an individual with disabilities to make reserv...

  • FLEXI-VAN LEASING, INC. VS JB POWER, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 27, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 1. Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. v. JB Power, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 18CMCV00090

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc., provides chassis leasing services in the transportation industry. They provided these services to defendant JB P...

  • AILEN FITERZ ET AL VS FRANK BERRUECO ET AL

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 3. Ailen Fiterz, et al v. Frank Berruceco, et al.

    Case No.: BC654980

    Matter on calendar for: motion for new trial; motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Ailen Fiterz, Artin Fiterz, and Roza Unikyan alleged injuries from an ...

  • M W VS COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 2. M.W. v. Compton Unified School District

    Case No.: BC635938

    Matter on calendar for: petition for minor’s compromise

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a personal injury action. Plaintiff, M.W., via her guardian ad litem, alleges negligent supervision ...

  • BRENI MEJIA ET AL VS HECTOR FIGUEROA

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 4. Breni Mejia, et al. v. Hector Figueroa

    Case No.: BC722009

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to Complaint

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Facts

    Plaintiffs Breni Mejia and Henry Rivera rented a one-bedroom unit from defendant Hector Figueroa beginning on or about April 1, 201...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jun 25, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 1. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. v. Cedric Turner, et al.

    Case No.: 19CMUD00516

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action concerning the property at 2035 North Kalsman Avenue, Compton CA 9...

  • NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION VS 1905 WEST PIRU STREET, COMPTON, CA 90222

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 8. In re 1905 West Piru Street, Compton, CA 90222

    Case No.: 19CMCP00077

    Matter on calendar for: petition to deposit surplus funds

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Petitioner National Default Servicing Corporation conducted a trustee’s sale of the property at 1905 We...

  • BARTO/SIGNAL PETROLEUM, INC. VS ALAMITOS LAND COMPANY

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 13. Barto/Signal Petroleum, Inc. v. Alamitos Land Company, et al.

    Case No.: NC061431

    Matter on calendar for: motion for judgment on the pleadings; hearing on proposed judgments

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a breach of contract case involving a 1999 settl...

  • VICTORIA GUTIERREZ VS WCPP RISK ET AL

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 12. Victoria Gutierrez v. WCPP Risk, et al.

    Case No.: BC651101

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Victoria Gutierrez alleges that on June 30, 2015 she fell on a sidewalk near her apartment at 20434 Leapwood...

  • FLEXI-VAN LEASING, INC. VS WILD WEST INVESTMENT GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Add-on #1. Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. v. Wild West Investment Group, Inc., et al.

    Case #: 19CMCV00027

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc., provides chassis leasing services in the transportation industry. They provided these service...

  • LORENA SALAZAR MORALES VS VAHAN SERVICES, INC.

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 11. Lorena Salazar Morales v. Vahan Services, Inc.

    Case No.: 18CMCV00057

    Matter on calendar for: motion to set aside default

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Lorena Salazar Morales worked for defendant Vahan Services, Inc., at a commercial laundry. The Com...

  • SOFI LENDING CORP. VS DIETRA WOODS

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 9. SoFi Lending Corp. v. Dietra Woods

    Case No: 19CMCV00011

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: This is an action for recovery on a credit card account. Plaintiff SoFi Lending Corp. extended a credit to defendant Dietra Woods. There is currently $83,068.29 outst...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jun 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 3. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. v. Cedric Turner, et al.

    Case No.: 19CMUD00516

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action concerning the property at 2035 North Kalsman Avenue, Compton CA 9...

  • FEDERAL INSURANCE COMPANY VS. FRANK MAINOLFI

    Jun 19, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Case # 4. Federal Insurance Company v. Frank Mainolfi, et al.

    Case #: TC029108

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: This is a subrogation action brought by plaintiff Federal Insurance Company to recover damages for fraudulent embezzlement by defendant Frank Mainol...

  • CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD'S OF LONDON VS RELIABLE TRANSPORT J&A LLC

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    Add-on #1. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London v. Reliable Transport J&A, LLC

    Case #: 18STCV01384

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London insured CTS Global Supply Chain Solutions. CTS is a freight forwarder t...

  • ANGELO J. JACKSON VS. WELLS FARGO BANK, ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 5. Angelo Jackson v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al.

    Case No.: TC028944

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to the SAC (x2); motion to strike

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., foreclosed on plaintiff Angelo Jackson’s property and sold it at a ...

  • DAVID AZIZI VS. BEHNAM RAFALIAN, ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 6. David Azizi v. Behnam Rafalian, et al.

    Case No.: TC029184

    Matter on calendar for: demurrer to first amended cross-complaint

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    Plaintiff David Azizi, as an independent trustee for the Shamsam Irrevocable Trust, brought this action ag...

  • ROUBIK DANEELIAN VS ENERGY TRANSPORT & LOGISTIC, LLC

    Jun 14, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # 7. Roubik Daneelian v. Energy Transportation & Logistic, LLC, et al.

    Case #: TC029286

    Matter on calendar for: Default judgment CCP 585

    Notes: Plaintiff Roubik Daneelian alleges defendants Energy Transport & Logistic, LLC, ETL West, LLC, and Fiasco Enterprises, Inc., violated wage ...

  • DEBORAH RUSSELL VS KENNETH HAHN PLAZA ET AL

    Jun 13, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    # Add-on 1. Deborah Russell v. Kenneth Hahn Plaza, et al.

    Case No.: BC636313

    Matter on calendar for: motion for summary judgment (x4)

    Tentative ruling:

    I. Background

    This is a premises liability action. Plaintiff Deborah Russell was the assistant manager at a Denny’s...

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