The Hon. James L. Waltz is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 16, 2008, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jonathan Cannon.
Waltz received a B.S. from California State University, Northridge. He then earned a J.D. from Whittier College School of Law.
Waltz began his legal career in 1980, serving as a judge advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. Then, in 1983, he joined the Offices of the United States Attorney as a special attorney, where he specialized in the prosecution of organized crime cases. The next year he moved to Morris, Polich and Purdy, where he worked as an associate until 1988. He spent the next fourteen years working in his own private practice. In 2002 he was appointed commissioner to the Superior Court of Orange County and assigned to its family law panel.
Waltz served in the United States Army as a Captain. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, where he earned two Army Commendation citations. He remained an Army Reserve Officer until 1988.
He was a resident of Aliso Viejo at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court of Orange County.
He is registered to vote as a Republican.
B.S. from California State University, Northridge
J.D. from Whittier College
Commissioner at Superior Court of California in Orange County, California (2002 to 2008)
Sole Practitioner at Sole Practitioner (1988 to 2002)
Associate at Morris, Polich and Purdy in Los Angeles County, California (1984 to 1988)
Special Attorney at Offices of the United States Attorney (1983 to 1984)
Judge Advocate at United States Army (1980 to 1983)