Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired (website)
The Hon. Christine C. Ewell (Ret.) was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally appointed to the bench in 2010 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the time of her appointment, she filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Josh M. Fredricks (Ret.). Ewell retired on March 8, 2018, just shy of eight years on the bench.
She was a registered Republican.
Ewell graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. from Texas A&M University. She went on to earn her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986.
After graduating from law school, Ewell returned to Texas to join the Houston law firm of Vinson and Elkins as an associate. After two years with the firm, and fresh off of a continuing education seminar at the National Institue for Trial Advocacy, Ewell decided to switch career paths by joining the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In 1990, she became an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, where she prosecuted mostly white-collar crimes.
She left the public sector in 1997 for a brief stint at the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers, where she served as counsel for the next three years.
Then, in 2002, Ewell became the special assistant to then-U.S. attorney Debra Yang with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. She would serve in that capacity until becoming chief of the Major Frauds Section in 2004. In 2007, Ewell was named chief of the Criminal Division, where her responsibilities included evaluating criminal charging decisions. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.
J.D. from Harvard Law School (1986)
B.A. from Texas A&M University (1983)
Chief at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Criminal Division in Los Angeles County, California (2007 to 2010)
Chief at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Major Frauds Section in Los Angeles County, California (2004 to 2007)
Special Assistant at Debra Yang, former U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles County, California (2002 to 2004)
Counsel at O'Melveny and Myers LLP (1997 to 2000)
Assistant U.S. Attorney at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas in Harris County, Texas (1990 to 1996)
Associate at Vinson and Elkins in Harris County, Texas (1986 to 1990)
Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2010 to 2018)