The Honorable Michael J. Shultz

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department D


The Hon. Michael J. Shultz is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2012 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filed the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Martha E. Bellinger (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Shultz received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1991.

After graduating from law school, Shultz joined the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office as a deputy public defender in 1991. During his 13 years with the P.D.'s office, he would serve as an assistant training coordinator, responsible for training and supervising all the P.D.'s new-hires from 1998 to 2000, Shultz would then become a deputy public defender IV in 2000, where he was responsible for representing clients facing capital murder charges.

Then, in 2005, he left the P.D.'s office to become a panel appellate attorney with the California Appellate Project from 2005 to 2009. During that time, Shultz also served as a clinical director for Loyola Law School's Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and a law professor for his alma mater Loyola Law School beginning in 2005.

In 2009, Shultz was elected by the Superior Court judges to serve as a court commissioner. At the time of his appointment to the commissioner position, he replaced the current court commissioner H.M. Webster, III, who had retired. Shultz was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the bench in 2012.

Judge Shultz is a native of Los Angeles.

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