The Honorable Robert Leslie Hess

Los Angeles Superior Court

Court Info

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

Robert L. Hess was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He retired from the bench in August 2018. He was originally appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1993 and was elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 due to the unification of the courts. Hess served on the bench for 25 years. The Hon. Michael R. Powell filled the vacancy created by his retirement.

Hess received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1970 and went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1976. While in law school, Hess served as editor of the Southern California Law Review.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Hess was a principal for the law firm Smaltz and Anderson.

In 2004 Hess dismissed a lawsuit brought against former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by a woman who said the governor had assaulted her on two occasions.

Education

  • J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law (1976)
  • B.A. from Pomona College (1970)

Career

  • Judge at Los Angeles Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1993 to 2000)
  • Principal at Smaltz & Anderson (until 1993)
  • Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2000 to 2018)