The Hon. Patricia Nieto is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally elected to the bench in June of 2008, then subsequently appointed to a judgeship in July of that same year by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her appointment allowed her to immediately assume her position as a judge. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Alan Kalkin (Ret.).
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Nieto graduated with her B.A. in anthropology and linguistics from the University of Kansas in 1974. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1977. While attending law school, Nieto began a clerkship in 1976 at the law firm of Gomez, Paz, Rodriguez, and Sanora.
After graduating from law school, she joined the firm full-time as an associate where she practiced until 1981. Nieto then became an associate for the law firm of Nieto, Paz, Romero, and Sanora where she practiced until 1985 and would be named a partner for the firm. She entered into private practice as a sole practitioner from 1985 to 2004. Her areas of practice included juvenile delinquency and dependency, family law, immigration, and workers compensation cases. In 2001 she became a part-time court referee for the juvenile court and then a full-time bench officer for the Eastlake Juvenile Court in 2005. Nieto was elected to serve as a court commissioner for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007 and remained in that position until being elected to the bench in 2008.
Judge Nieto, who is Mexican-American, was appointed by former Los Angeles mayor James Hahn in 2003 to serve on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Commission.
She has also been a member of the Mexican American Bar Association as well as the Juvenile Courts Bar Association.
J.D. from University of Southern California School of Law (1977)
B.A. from University of Kansas (1974) (Anthropology and Linguistics)
Court Commissioner at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2007 to 2008)
Full-Time Court Referee at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Eastlake Juvenile Court in Los Angeles County, California (2005 to 2007)
Part-Time Court Referee at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2001 to 2004)
Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (1985 to 2004)
Associate at Nieto, Paz, Romero & Sanora (from 1981)
Associate at Romero, Paz, Rodriguez & Sanora (until 1981)
Clerk at Romero, Paz, Rodriguez & Sanora (from 1976)
Partner at Nieto, Paz, Romero & Sanora (until 1985)