The Honorable Wesley L. Hsu

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department D


The Hon. Wesley L. Hsu is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2017 by former governor Jerry Brown.

He is a registered Democrat.

While in high school, Hsu's parents were struck and severely injured by a drunk driver. The driver was sentenced to just eight months in jail. Hsu, who felt that the sentence was an injustice to his parents, decided to pursue a legal career.

Judge Hsu graduated with his B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University in 1993. He went on to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996.

After graduating from Yale, Hsu clerked for the Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1996 to 1997. After completing his clerkship, he joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher LLP in 1997 as an associate, where he would begin his legal trek into intellectual property litigation.

After three years at the firm, Hsu left the private arena to become an assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in 2000. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Hsu would matriculate through the ranks of the USAO, where he would continue his work in intellectual property as well as cyber crimes. He became deputy chief of the USAO's Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section in 2005 and then chief in 2008. Under his leadership, the Cyber Crimes Section led the nation in the prosecution of crimes against women involving the Internet. In 2015 Hsu was named Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in March 2017 became the Deputy U.S. Attorney. In that position, Hsu oversaw all civil, criminal, tax, and national security matters that fell under the scope of the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was then appointed to the Superior Court nine months later.

In 2005, Hsu was named the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Best Lawyer Under 40.

His memberships have included serving as past-president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and a board member for the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance.

He has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he taught trial advocacy and cybercrimes. He also taught legal writing at the University of Southern California.

Hsu has been featured in Forbes Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America.

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