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The Honorable Laura A. Matz

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

Laura A. Matz was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She retired from the bench in 2018. The Hon. Alexander C.D. Giza filled the vacancy created by her retirement. Matz was originally appointed to the Municipal Court in 1996 by former governor Pete Wilson and was subsequentially elevated to the Superior Court as a result of the court unification in 2000.

Matz received her B.A. in literature in 1975, and her J.D. in 1981 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Before attending law school, Matz worked as a paralegal for the law firm of Adams, Duque, and Hazeltine as well as for the United California Bank. After graduating from law school, Matz joined the law firm of Overton, Lyman, and Prince as an associate. She was with the firm for three years. In 1984, she joined the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue. She remained with the firm until her appointment to the Municipal Court in 1996.

During her time on the Municipal Court, Matz served as assistant presiding judge in 1997, and as presiding judge in 2000. She was named a site judge after her elevation to the Superior Court. In 1999 she served as a judge pro tem for the California Court of Appeal, 2nd District.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles Law School (1981)

B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1975) (Literature)

Career

Judge at Glendale Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1996 to 2000)

Site Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2000 to 2018)

Judge Pro Tem at California Court of Appeal, 2nd District in Los Angeles County, California (1999 to 2001)

Associate at Overton, Lyman and Prince in Los Angeles County, California (1981 to 1984)

Associate at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue (1984 to 1996)

Paralegal at Adams, Duque, and Hazeltine in Los Angeles County, California

Paralegal at United California Bank

Assistant Presiding Judge at Glendale Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (until 1997)

Presiding Judge at Glendale Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1997 to 2000)

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