The Honorable Michael R. Amerian

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department L


The Hon. Michael R. Amerian is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. R. Carlton Seaver (Ret.).

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Amerian received his B.S. in foreign service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Amerian served as a clerk for the Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for one year in 1999. After completing his clerkship he worked for a brief period as a sole practitioner. During his time in solo practice, Amerian represented individuals and businesses in environmental, intellectual property, product liability, as well as general business litigation matters.

In 2003, after leaving the private sector, Amerian became a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, a position he would hold until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2018. During his tenure there, Amerian was assigned to the Police Litigation Unit where he defended Los Angeles Police Department personnel accused of civil rights violations. He also served as a prosecutor for the City Attorney's Office in cases involving gang crimes, domestic violence, and vandalism.

Amerian first became an advocate for domestic violence victims when he worked on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Domestic Violence Project while in law school, where he helped the victims obtain protective orders against their abusers.

Judge Amerian, who is of Armenian descent, has been an active member of the Armenian community, having served on the George Ignatius Foundation, the Armenian Bar Association, the Armenian Film Foundation, and the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.

His family immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Amerian's father, the Hon. Richard Amerian (deceased), served as a judge for the California Court of Appeal. Amerian himself was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He would carry on his family's legacy after becoming part owner as well as a member of the board of directors for his family's 75-year-old factory that his grandfather started.

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