The Hon. Ralph C. Hofer is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 16, 2009. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Darlene E. Schempp.
He is a registered Republican.
Judge Hofer graduated magna cum laude with his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975. He went on to graduate cum laude with his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1978 and was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program.
After graduating from law school, Hofer practiced for the law firms of Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown, and Baerwitz (1978-1980), Blecher, Collins, and Hoecker (1981-1982), and Bryan Cave (1982-1983) as an associate. After leaving the law firm of Bryan Cave, Hofer joined the U.S. Department of Justice of the Central District of California as an assistant U.S. Attorney where he served on the Presidential Task Force on Narcotics Enforcement from 1983-1986. Judge Hofer re-joined the law firm of Blecher and Collins as a partner in 1986 and remained with the firm until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2009. While partnering with Blecher and Collins, Hofer also served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts from 1987-1992.
Judge Hofer has taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and has served as an intellectual property mediator.
His memberships have included the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law (1978) (Cum Laude, Member of the Moot Court Honors Program)
B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1975) (Magna Cum Laude)
Partner at Blecher and Collins in Los Angeles County, California (1986 to 2009)
Assistant U.S Attorney at U.S. Department of Justice, Central District of California, Presidential Task Force on Narcotics Enforcement (1983 to 1986)
Associate at Bryan Cave (1982 to 1983)
Associate at Blecher Collins and Hoecker (1981 to 1982)
Associate at Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown, and Baerwitz (1978 to 1980)
Judge Pro Tem at Los Angeles County Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1987 to 1992)
Judge Pro Tem at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (1987 to 1992)
Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California (from 1989)