The Honorable Melissa N. Widdifield

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 261


The Hon. Melissa N. Widdifield is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in August of 2007 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Bernard Kamins.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Widdifield received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to earn her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Widdifield began her legal career as a clerk for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

After her clerkship, Widdifield joined the law firm of Lightfoot, Vandervelde, Sadowsky, Medvene, and Levine as an associate in 1987. She was named a partner and continued to practice for the firm until 2000.

Widdifield joined the Los Angeles County Superior Court as a court commissioner in 2002 and remained in that capacity until her appointment to the bench in 2007.

Widdefield wrote an article on her perspective of technology for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

In November of 2009 Judge Widdifield was charged with a DUI after being pulled over with a blood-alcohol level of .09%. She pled no contest to the charge of reckless driving, which was later dropped. The Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished her for her actions in 2010.

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