The Honorable Thomas S. McConville

Orange County Superior Court, Department W17


The Hon. Thomas S. McConville is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on February 27, 2018, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas J. Borris.

McConville earned a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University in 1987. He then received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1991.

McConville began his legal career in 1991, working as an associate with McKenna and Cuneo until 1996. He then joined the Office of the United States Attorney, where he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Ohio. McConville moved to southern California in 2000. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California, where he focused on fraud and public corruption cases. He eventually became deputy chief of the Santa Ana Branch Office in 2004. He served in this position for two years before joining Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe as counsel. McConville advanced to partner in 2009, becoming a key player in the firm’s white collar and litigation division.

McConville has received national attention for his trial work on behalf of MGA in its dispute with Mattel over the Bratz doll line.

He was a resident of Irvine, California at the time of his appointment to the bench.

He is registered as a Democrat.

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