The Hon. Rene C. Gilbertson is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in June 2018 and was then subsequently appointed to a judicial position by former governor Jerry Brown in October 2018. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Robert Higa (Ret.).
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Gilbertson received her B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1989. She then earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1992.
Gilbertson began her legal career in 1994 as a staff attorney for the Alliance for Children's Rights, an organization that provides pro bono legal services in an effort to protect the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children. Gilbertson was named the interim executive director for the Alliance in 1995. She then joined the Children's Law Center in 1996 as a staff attorney, where she represented children in the juvenile court system.
Then, in 1999, Gilberston became a deputy county counsel at the Los Angeles County Counsel's Office. While there, she would continue her work as an advocate for children, litigating child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the County. During her almost 20 years with the County Counsel's Office, Gilberston would ultimately become a principal deputy county counsel, where she would be tasked with the responsibility of supervising attorney's in the courtroom. She also served as an advisor to the Sheriff's Department as well as the Los Angeles County Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors. She remained with the County Counsel's Office until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2018.
Judge Gilbertson, who is a cancer survivor, served on the board of directors for the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach. She was also a member of the National Charities League for Palos Verdes.
She and her husband of 25 years have four children. She served for five years as a Cub Scout Leader for her son's troop.
J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law (1992)
B.A. from Wake Forest University (1989)
Principal Deputy County Counsel at Los Angeles County Counsel's Office in Los Angeles County, California (2008 to 2018)
Staff Attorney at Children's Law Center Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California (1996 to 1998)
Staff Attorney at Alliance for Children's Rights (1994 to 1995)
Interim Executive Director at Alliance for Children's Rights (1995 to 1996)
Legal Advisor at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office in Los Angeles County, California
Legal Advisor at Los Angeles County Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors in Los Angeles County, California
Deputy County Counsel at Los Angeles County Counsel's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1999 to 2008)