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The Honorable Michael L. Stern

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 062 (website)

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Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 062 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (213) 633-1062


The Hon. Michael L. Stern is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2001 by former governor Gray Davis. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Thomas P. Allen, Jr. (Ret.).

Judge Stern received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1967. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971. After obtaining his law degree, Stern then graduated with his LL.M. in legal history from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1972.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Stern practiced as a business litigator, primarily handling trademark disputes, starting in 1984. Before that, he served as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice for thirteen years.

He also served on the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association for Los Angeles and the Board of Trustees for the LA Law Library.

During his time on the Superior Court, Judge Stern has presided over civil trial court assignments.

Judge Stern, who is an avid writer, has had several articles published in the Advocate Magazine.


LL.M. from University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1972) (Legal History)

J.D. from Harvard Law School (1971)

B.A. from Stanford University (1967)


Business Litigation Attorney at Private Practice (1984 to 2001)

Prosecutor at Department of Justice (1971 to 1984)

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