The Hon. Erick L. Larsh is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 19, 2005.
Larsh earned a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton in 1983. He then received a J.D. from Western State University in 1986.
Larsh began his legal career as deputy city attorney for the City of Anaheim in 1987. He served in the criminal prosecution unit until 1989, when he was offered part of the indigent criminal defense contract with Orange County. He opened his own law office, where he specialized in criminal defense and litigation until 1997. He was then appointed to the Superior Court of Orange County as a commissioner, a position he held until his appointment to the bench.
Larsh has taught criminology and juvenile delinquency courses at Biola University. He has also taught criminal law at California State University, Fullerton.
Larsh was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of a private in the U.S. Army. His family moved to the United States when he was 11-months old. He spent most of his childhood in Yorba Linda, California, eventually graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton, California. As a college student, Larsh worked as a youth director with a local church during the winters. He spent his summers living on a houseboat and teaching water skiing.
Larsh is active in his church. He has also served a head coach for the Foothill High School Mountain Bike team. He spends his summers with family and friends on houseboats in Lake Powell, where they wake-board, ski, and jet-ski.
He is registered to vote as a Republican.
J.D. from Western State University (1986)
B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (1983) (Psychology, Criminal Justice)
Deputy City Attorney at City of Anaheim in Orange County, California (1987 to 1989)
Attorney at Private Practice in Orange County, California (1989 to 1997)
Commissioner at Superior Court of California in Orange County, California (1997 to 2005)