Judge Valerie B. Fairbank | Trellis

The Honorable Valerie B. Fairbank

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Biography

The Hon. Valerie B. Fairbank is a Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. She was nominated by President George W. Bush in January 2007 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February 2007. She filled the seat vacated by the Hon. Consuelo Bland Marshall. Judge Fairbank took senior status in March 2012.

Judge Fairbank graduated with her B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barabara in 1971. She also obtained an M.A. from UC Santa Barbara in 1972. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1975.

After graduating from law school, Fairbank began her legal career as an associate at the law firm Overton, Lyman, and Prince LLP in 1975.

Two years later, she left private practice to work as an assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where she was assigned to the Criminal Division. Fairbank remained in that capacity for three years, until returning to private practice in 1980.

She became an associate at Lillick, McHose, and Charles at that time, where she practiced for two years until being named a partner in 1982.

She would remain with the firm until 1986 when she would become a judge for the Los Angeles County Municipal Court. She was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court the following year. Judge Fairbank remained in that capacity until being nominated to the District Court in 2007.

Judge Fairbank was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1975)

M.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara (1972)

B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara (1971) (English)

Career

Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (1987 to 2007)

Judge at Los Angeles Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1986 to 1987)

Partner at Lillick, McHose, and Charles in Los Angeles County, California (1982 to 1986)

Associate at Lillick, McHose, and Charles in Los Angeles County, California (1980 to 1982)

Assistant U.S. Attorney at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles County, California (1977 to 1980)

Attorney at Overton, Lyman, and Prince LLP in Los Angeles County, California (1975 to 1977)

Recent Rulings by Hon Valerie B. Fairbank

  • BROWN V. YATES

    Nov 18, 2010 | 

    753 F. Supp. 2d 1069 (2010) Alan Leonard BROWN, Petitioner v. James YATES, Warden, Respondent. Case No. EDCV 09-0423-VBF(RC). United States District Court, C.D. California. November 18, 2010. Alan Leonard Brown, San Quentin, CA, pro se. Marvin E. Mizell, CAAG, Office of Attorney General of California, San ...

  • VITALITY REHAB, INC. V. SEBELIUS

    Aug 3, 2009 | 

    641 F. Supp. 2d 984 (2009) VITALITY REHAB, INC. v. Kathleen SEBELIUS. No. CV 08-4575-VBF(SHx). United States District Court, C.D. California. August 3, 2009. Nick Migliaccio, for Plaintiffs. Indira J. Cameron-Banks, Asst. U.S. Attorney, Jonathan C. Brumer, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washingto...

  • DAVIS V. FELKER

    Apr 1, 2008 | 

    558 F. Supp. 2d 1008 (2008) Darryl Lynn DAVIS, Petitioner, v. Tom FELKER, Respondent. No. CV 07-3861-VBF(SH). United States District Court, CD. California, Western Division. April 1, 2008. Darryl Lynn Davis, Imperial, CA, pro se. Erika D. Jackson, CAAG-Office of Attorney General of California, Los Angeles,...

  • CURRY V. BACA

    Jul 23, 2007 | 

    497 F. Supp. 2d 1128 (2007) S.R. CURRY v. Leroy D. BACA, et al. No. CV 04 9992 VBF(JWJX). United States District Court, C.D. California. July 23, 2007. Stephen Yagman, Marion R. Yagman, Joseph Reichmann, Yagman & Yagman & Reichmann, Venice Beach, CA, for Plaintiff. David D. Lawrence, Paul B. Beach, Justin ...

  • MORENO V. THOMAS PIA

    Jun 4, 2007 | 

    490 F. Supp. 2d 1055 (2007) Leonard MORENO, Plaintiff, v. Mike THOMAS PIA (Supervisor), Defendant. No. CV05-8137VBF(RC). United States District Court, C.D. California. June 4, 2007. Leonard Moreno, Santa Cruz, CA, Pro se. E. Katherine O'Brien, Office of Attorney General of California, Los Angeles, CA, for ...

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