Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald | Trellis

The Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 5A

Biography

The Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2011 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2012. He filled the seat vacated by the Hon. A. Howard Matz who took senior status.

Judge Fitzgerald graduated magna cum laude with his A.B. from Harvard University in 1981. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1985. While in law school, Fitzgerald was a member of the Order of the Coif honor society.

After graduating from law school, Fitzgerald served a year-long clerkship for the Hon. Irving R. Kaufman with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit beginning in 1985. Upon completing his clerkship, Fitzgerald entered into private practice, joining the law firm O'Donnell and Gordon in 1986.

The following year, Fitzgerald entered the public sector becoming an assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where he was assigned to the Criminal Division.

In 1991, Fitzgerald returned to private practice, joining the Los Angeles office of Heller, Ehrman, White, and McAuliffe LLP until 1995 when he then began practicing at the Law Offices of Robert L. Corbin PC. Then, in 1998, Fitzgerald became a named partner at Corbin, Fitzgerald, and Athey LLP. During his time in private practice, Fitzgerald specialized in white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, copyright, and securities cases at both the federal and state levels. He remained with the firm until receiving his confirmation to the District Court.

His legal career also included serving as a pro bono deputy general counsel for the watchdog Rampart Independent Review Panel, tasked with investigating issues involving the Los Angeles Police Department.

Some of this memberships have included the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He was awarded the Maynard Toll Pro Bono Associate Award from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in 1994.

Judge Fitzgerald was born in Los Angeles, California.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1985)

A.B. from Harvard University (1981)

Career

Partner at Corbin, Fitzgerald, and Athey LLP in Los Angeles County, California (1998 to 2012)

Attorney at Law Offices of Robert L. Corbin PC in Los Angeles County, California (1995 to 1998)

Attorney at Heller, Ehrman, White, and McAuliffe LLP in Los Angeles County, California (1991 to 1995)

Assistant U.S. Attorney at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles County, California (1988 to 1991)

Associate at O'Donnell and Gordon (1986 to 1987)

Clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with the Hon. Irving R. Kaufman in New York County, New York (1985 to 1986)

Recent Rulings by Hon Michael W. Fitzgerald

  • SAMA ABDISALAN V. ERIC HOLDER, JR.

    Sep 6, 2013 | 

    SAMA ABDIAZIZ ABDISALAN, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, Respondent. SAMA ABDIAZIZ ABDISALAN, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order Board of Immigration Appeals Argued and Submitted December 7, 2012—Seattle, Washingt Filed...

  • UNITED STATES V. ALVARO SANCHEZ-AGUILAR

    Jun 19, 2013 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ALVARO SANCHEZ-AGUILAR, Defendant-Appellant. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ALVARO SANCHEZ-AGUILAR, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Robert H. Whaley, Senior District...

  • SASHO DIMITROV V. ERIC HOLDER, JR.

    Mar 21, 2013 | 

    SASHO VALERIEV DIMITROV, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, Jr., Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted December 7, 2012 ** Seattle, Washington Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit Judges, and FITZGERALD, District Judge.*** Sasho Valeriev ...

  • CHERYL ROBERTSON V. MICHAEL ASTRUE

    Dec 24, 2012 | 

    CHERYL L. ROBERTSON, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant - Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Richard A. Jones, District Judge, Presiding Submitted December 7, 2012 ** Seattle, ...

  • WEINSTEIN & RILEY PS V. PAUL STRASTERS

    Dec 13, 2012 | 

    PAUL STRASTERS, a married person; ZADELLE STRASTERS, a married person, Plaintiffs - Appellees, v. WEINSTEIN & RILEY PS, Defendant - Appellant. PAUL STRASTERS, a married person; ZADELLE STRASTERS, a married person, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. WEINSTEIN & RILEY PS, Defendant - Appellee. Appeal from the Unite...

  • UNITED STATES V. SABIL MUJAHID

    Dec 11, 2012 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. SABIL MUMIN MUJAHID, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska Timothy M. Burgess, District Judge, Presiding Submitted December 7, 2012 ** Seattle, Washington Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit Judges,...

  • UNITED STATES V. RAND HOOKS

    Dec 11, 2012 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. RAND HOOKS, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska Timothy M. Burgess, District Judge, Presiding Submitted December 7, 2012 ** Seattle, Washington Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit Judges, and FITZ...

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