The Honorable Roger T. Benitez

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

Biography

The Hon. Roger T. Benitez 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 May 2003 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2004. Prior to his nomination, Judge Benitez had served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California since 2001.

Judge Benitez received his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1974. He went on to earn his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1978.

After graduating from law school, Benitez entered into private practice. During his nineteen-year tenure in the private sector, Benitez practiced as a named partner at the law firm Heim, Benitez, and Driskill. He remained in private practice until receiving a call to the state bench in 1997.

It was at that time that former Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to serve as a judge for the Imperial County Superior Court. Judge Benitez held that position, until being selected to serve as a magistrate judge for the District Court in 2001. During his tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Benitez served as Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division.

He also served as an instructor at the Imperial Valley College.

During his time on the District Court, Judge Benitez has sat by designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and also sat on assignment in Arizona, Guam, and Saipan. He has been a participant in the Patent Pilot Project Panel of the Southern District of California and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure. He has also served as chair of the IT Committee for the Southern District.

His other memberships have included the San Diego Federal Bar Association, the Federal Judges Association, the Wallace Inn of Court, the Imperial County Private Industry Council, and the Imperial County Bar Association.

His involvement in the local community has included volunteering with local high school mock trial programs, serving on the board of directors for the California Youth Soccer Association, and as a search and rescue member of the DeAnza Rescue Unit.

Judge Benitez was born in Havana, Cuba.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Roger T. Benitez

  • THOMAS CUNNINGHAM V. IDENTIV, INC.

    Mar 23, 2018 | 

    THOMAS CUNNINGHAM, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. IDENTIV, INC.; et al., Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Charles R. Breyer, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 1...

  • DOUGLAS CLARK V. JEFFREY BEARD

    Mar 22, 2018 | 

    DOUGLAS DANIEL CLARK, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. JEFFREY A. BEARD, CDCR Secretary, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 13, 2018 San Francisco, California Before: FE...

  • RABAH SELMANE V. JEFFERSON SESSIONS

    Mar 15, 2018 | 

    RABAH SELMANE, Petitioner, v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted March 12, 2018** San Francisco, California Before: McKEOWN and BEA, Circuit Judges, and BENITEZ,*** District Judge. Rabah Selmane, a native...

  • VERDANT HEALTH COMMISSION V. SEBELIUS

    Jan 5, 2018 | 

    VERDANT HEALTH COMMISSION, DBA Stevens Healthcare, Edmonds, Washington; et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. ERIC D. HARGAN **, Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington...

  • CORVUS ENERGY LTD. V. 1169997 ONTARIO, LTD.

    Dec 27, 2017 | 

    FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. CORVUS ENERGY LIMITED, Defendant-Appellant, v. 1169997 ONTARIO, LTD., DBA Aspin Kemp & Associates, a Canadian private limited company, Third-Party-Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Marsha J. Pechman, ...

  • KATE SVALDI V. NANCY BERRYHILL

    Dec 19, 2017 | 

    KATE SVALDI, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of 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 8, 2017 Seattle, Washington ...

  • ALAN MANCHESTER V. CECO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

    Dec 15, 2017 | 

    ALAN MANCHESTER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CECO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, LLC, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Richard A. Jones, District Judge, Presiding Submitted December 8, 2017 Seattle, Washington Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit J...

  • RICHARD NELSON V. USDOL

    Dec 12, 2017 | 

    RICHARD L. NELSON, Petitioner, v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Respondent, ENERGY NORTHWEST, Respondent-Intervenor. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Department of Labor Submitted December 8, 2017** Seattle, Washington Page 2 of 3 Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit Judges, and BENITEZ,*** District J...

  • THOMAS ERICKSON V. RICK COURTNEY

    Aug 8, 2017 | 

    THOMAS GERALD ERICKSON, Petitioner-Appellant, v. RICK COURTNEY, Superintendent at East Oregon Correctional Institution, Respondent-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Anna J. Brown, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 10, 2017 Portland, Oregon ...

  • MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO. V. STATE OF MONTANA

    May 16, 2017 | 

    MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO., INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. THE STATE OF MONTANA; et al., Defendants-Appellees, and PATTI MCCUBBINS, MDT's Civil Rights Bureau Chief and DBE Liaison Officer; named only in her official capacity, Defendant. MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO., INC., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. THE STATE OF MON...

  • See More Results

Recent Rulings by Hon. Roger T. Benitez

  • THOMAS CUNNINGHAM V. IDENTIV, INC.

    Mar 23, 2018 | 

    THOMAS CUNNINGHAM, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. IDENTIV, INC.; et al., Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Charles R. Breyer, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 1...

  • DOUGLAS CLARK V. JEFFREY BEARD

    Mar 22, 2018 | 

    DOUGLAS DANIEL CLARK, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. JEFFREY A. BEARD, CDCR Secretary, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 13, 2018 San Francisco, California Before: FE...

  • RABAH SELMANE V. JEFFERSON SESSIONS

    Mar 15, 2018 | 

    RABAH SELMANE, Petitioner, v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted March 12, 2018** San Francisco, California Before: McKEOWN and BEA, Circuit Judges, and BENITEZ,*** District Judge. Rabah Selmane, a native...

  • VERDANT HEALTH COMMISSION V. SEBELIUS

    Jan 5, 2018 | 

    VERDANT HEALTH COMMISSION, DBA Stevens Healthcare, Edmonds, Washington; et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. ERIC D. HARGAN **, Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington...

  • CORVUS ENERGY LTD. V. 1169997 ONTARIO, LTD.

    Dec 27, 2017 | 

    FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. CORVUS ENERGY LIMITED, Defendant-Appellant, v. 1169997 ONTARIO, LTD., DBA Aspin Kemp & Associates, a Canadian private limited company, Third-Party-Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Marsha J. Pechman, ...

  • KATE SVALDI V. NANCY BERRYHILL

    Dec 19, 2017 | 

    KATE SVALDI, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of 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 8, 2017 Seattle, Washington ...

  • ALAN MANCHESTER V. CECO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

    Dec 15, 2017 | 

    ALAN MANCHESTER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CECO CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, LLC, Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Richard A. Jones, District Judge, Presiding Submitted December 8, 2017 Seattle, Washington Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit J...

  • RICHARD NELSON V. USDOL

    Dec 12, 2017 | 

    RICHARD L. NELSON, Petitioner, v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Respondent, ENERGY NORTHWEST, Respondent-Intervenor. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Department of Labor Submitted December 8, 2017** Seattle, Washington Page 2 of 3 Before: TALLMAN and WATFORD, Circuit Judges, and BENITEZ,*** District J...

  • THOMAS ERICKSON V. RICK COURTNEY

    Aug 8, 2017 | 

    THOMAS GERALD ERICKSON, Petitioner-Appellant, v. RICK COURTNEY, Superintendent at East Oregon Correctional Institution, Respondent-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Anna J. Brown, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 10, 2017 Portland, Oregon ...

  • MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO. V. STATE OF MONTANA

    May 16, 2017 | 

    MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO., INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. THE STATE OF MONTANA; et al., Defendants-Appellees, and PATTI MCCUBBINS, MDT's Civil Rights Bureau Chief and DBE Liaison Officer; named only in her official capacity, Defendant. MOUNTAIN WEST HOLDING CO., INC., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. THE STATE OF MON...

  • See More Results