Judge Stuart M. Rice was appointed a judge of the superior court for Los Angeles County on July 27, 2005. He was elected as a court commissioner on March 1, 2003 and previously served the court as an as-needed referee commencing January 1, 2000. He was president of the California Court Commissioners Association prior to his appointment in 2005.
Judge Rice graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and earned a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Prior to becoming a judicial officer, Judge Rice was an associate at Gottlieb, Gottlieb and Stein from 1978-1983 and then a senior partner at Rice and Rothenberg. Judge Rice focused his practice on civil, tort, and probate litigation as well as juvenile defense. While in practice, he served as a member of the State Bar Board of Governors, the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and as president of the California Young Lawyers Association in 1987. He was President of the Long Beach Barristers in 1983 and the president of the Long Beach Bar Association in 2000.
Judge Rice has been the chair of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Committee since 2007 and a three-time member of the court's Executive Committee. Judge Rice was presented with the MacFaden Judge of the Year Award by the South Bay Bar Association in 2012 and served as president of the Benjamin Aranda III chapter of the American Inns of Court from 2013-2014. A former assistant supervising judge of the criminal division, he now sits in an independent calendar, general jurisdiction civil court.
Judge Rice is currently a vice-president of the California Judges Association Executive Board. He previously served as Chair of the Compensation and Benefits Committee from 2009-2010 and has been a member of the CJA Civil Law Committee from 2011-2016. Judge Rice is a member of the Executive Committees for both the Los Angeles County Bar Association and State Bar Litigation Sections. He is a frequent faculty member for the LASC, CJA and the Witkin Judicial College.
- Bachelor's Degree from Tufts University
- Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law
- Court commissioner at Superior Court of Los Angeles County in Los Angeles County, California (2003 to 2005)
- Attorney at Various firms (1987 to 2003)
- Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (1983 to 1987)
- Associate at Gottlieb, Gottlieb and Stein (1978 to 1983)