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The Honorable Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 071

Biography

The Hon. Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2016 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Thomas R. White (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Frimpong graduated with her B.A. in history and science from Harvard University in 1997. After graduating from Harvard, Frimpong worked as a high school teacher at a public school in Ghana. After she returned to the United States, she attended Yale Law School where she earned her J.D. in 2001.

After graduating from law school, Frimpong clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. District Court Justice for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002.

She then joined the San Francisco law firm of Morrison and Foerster LLP as an associate. During her five years with the firm, Frimpong practiced civil and intellectual property litigation.

Then, in 2007, Frimpong left California to join the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a trial attorney for two years. During her time as an attorney for the DOJ, she handled cases involving government contracts, government personnel, and international trade disputes. Frimpong then became counsel to then-U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tony West with the Civil Division of the DOJ in 2009. While in that capacity, Frimpong served as an advisor to the former U.S. Assistant A.G. in the matters of intellectual property, immigration, international trade, consumer protection, and international law. She remained there until 2011 when she would serve as the deputy assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's Consumer Protection Branch. Then, in 2014, after briefly serving as principal deputy associate Attorney General, Frimpong became counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. where she served as an advisor in matters involving national security, financial fraud, intellectual property, tax, immigration, and all other issues that fell under the scope of the DOJ.

Frimpong left the Department of Justice in 2015 to join The Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C., a foreign aid agency run by the United States government. She served first as a corporate secretary, then as general counsel, before ultimately becoming Vice President. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2016.

Throughout her legal career, Judge Frimpong has sought to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income individuals through various outreach entities.

Education

J.D. from Yale Law School (2001)

B.A. from Harvard University (1997) (History and Science)

Career

Counselor at Eric H. Holder, Jr., Former Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. (2014 to 2015)

Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. (2014 to 2014)

Counsel at Tony West, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division in Washington, D.C. (2009 to 2011)

Trial Attorney at U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division in Washington, D.C. (2007 to 2009)

Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco County, California (2002 to 2007)

Clerk at Hon.Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles County, California (2001 to 2002)

High School Teacher at Ghana High School in Republic of Ghana

Corporate Secretary at Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. (from 2015)

General Counsel at Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Vice President at Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. (until 2016)

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