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The Honorable Rafael A. Ongkeko

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 073 (website)

Court Info

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 073 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (213) 830-0773

Biography

The Hon. Rafael A. Ongkeko is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench on October 16, 2002, by former governor Gray Davis. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. J.D. Smith (Ret.).

Judge Ongkeko received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1975. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1978.

Ongkeko began his legal career at the Los Angeles County Counsel's Office where he served as a deputy county counsel. Ongkeko spent 19 years with the County Counsel's Office where he handled civil litigation for most of that time.

Ongkeko spent a brief period of his legal career in the private sector, entering into private practice from 1998 to 2000. During that time he opened his own law firm, Ongkeko, Doyle, and Nichols, where he continued to practice civil litigation.

At the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in October of 2002, Onkeko had returned to the County Counsel's Office where he was serving as a principal deputy counsel.

Judge Ongkeko also served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Superior Court.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1978)

B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara (1975)

Career

Deputy County Counsel at Los Angeles County Counsel's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1978 to 1998)

Sole Practitioner at Ongkeko, Doyle, and Nichols (1998 to 2002)

Volunteer Arbitrator at Superior Court of California

Principal Deputy Counsel at Los Angeles County Counsel's Office in Los Angeles County, California (2002 to 2002)

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