The Honorable Michael J. Carrozzo

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Barbara - 12


The Hon. Michael Carrozzo is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. George C. Eskin (Ret.).

He is registered as a Republican.

Judge Carrozzo graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1992.

After law school, Carrozzo first worked as an attorney in private practice before joining the Law Offices of Steven Karp in 1995. Two years later, he then became a senior attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Gurfinkel, where he would practice until 2004. While in private practice, Carrozzo specialized in civil, personal injury, divorce, and immigration cases.

Carrozzo spent the next three years serving in active duty with the U.S. Army as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, stationed at Ft. Irwin in California. He served from 2004 to 2007 and reached the rank of Captain.

During that time, Carrozzo also worked as a special assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California from 2005 to 2007.

After leaving the service, Carrozzo accepted a position with the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office in 2007, where he served as a deputy district attorney until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2014. His assignments there included representing the D.A's office in the veterans court as well as handling instances of officer-involved shootings.

While on the bench, Judge Carrozzo has served as a Presiding Judge and an Assistant Presiding Judge for the Court. He has also been assigned to a criminal trial department at the Figueroa Division.

Judge Carrozzo had also previously worked with the Hon. George Eskin (Ret.), whom he replaced on the bench, to help create the Veterans Treatment Court which helps to provide treatment as an alternative to criminal punishment for military veterans who commit less serious crimes.

In 2019, Judge Carrozzo spoke at a special ceremony hosted by the Santa Barbara County Education Office in which several U.S. veterans received honorary high school diplomas. The veterans were unable to finish school due to their military service.

Judge Carrozzo was born and raised in California. He grew up on a ranch in Santa Clarita, and his father supported the family by working as a stuntman and actor in Hollywood.

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