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The Honorable Martha K. Gooding

Orange County Superior Court, Department C34 (website)

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Orange County Superior Court, Department C34 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (657) 622–5234


The Hon. Martha K. Gooding is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. She was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on December 5, 2013, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of Associate Justice David A. Thompson.

Gooding earned a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1978. She then received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981.

Gooding began her legal career as an associate at Howard Rice et al. in 1983. Six years later, she became a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, a firm specializing in business litigation, securities litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Then, in 2000, she joined Howrey as a partner, a position she held for the next eleven years. After briefly working as an attorney in her own private practice, Gooding joined Jones Day as a partner, where she handled intellectual property cases involving trade secret misappropriation disputes and patent infringements.

Gooding was awarded the Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award in 2009.

She is a former President of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Orange County. She is a former co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force of the ABA Litigation Section. She is also a former member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Gooding was a resident of Newport Beach, California at the time of her appointment to the bench.

She is registered as a Democrat.


J.D. from University of California, Berkeley (1981)

B.A. from California State University, Long Beach (1978)


Partner at Jones Day in Orange County, California (2011 to 2013)

Partner at Howrey (2000 to 2011)

Partner at Howard Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin in San Francisco County, California (1989 to 2000)

Associate at Howard, Rice et al. in San Francisco County, California (1983 to 1989)

Attorney at Private Practice (2011 to 2011)

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