The Honorable Michael M. Anello

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Department 3D


The Hon. Michael M. Anello is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in April 2008 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2008. He filled the seat vacated by the Hon. Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. Judge Anello assumed senior status in October 2018.

Judge Anello received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1965. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1968.

After graduating from law school, Anello joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in active duty during the Vietnam War. While in the Marines, Anello served as a military prosecutor, defense counsel, and judge. He completed his active military service in 1972, having reached the rank of captain. He remained in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve until 1990.

Anello began his legal career as a deputy city attorney with the San Diego City Attorney's Office in 1972.

A year later, Anello entered into private practice. He first worked as an associate at the erstwhile Todd, Toothaker, and Wingert before ultimately becoming a named partner at Wingert, Grebing, Anello, and Brubaker. During his time in private practice, Anello specialized in criminal and civil litigation, as well as appellate law. He remained with the firm until receiving a call to the state bench in 1998.

It was at that time that former Governor Pete Wilson appointed Anello to serve as a judge for the San Diego County Superior Court. Judge Anello held that position for ten years and would be elected to serve multiple terms as a member of the Superior Court's Executive Committee.

Some of his memberships have included the San Diego County Barristers Club, the American Bar Association, the San Diego Defense Lawyers, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and the San Diego County Bar Association.

Judge Anello was born in Miami, Florida.

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