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Appointed by  Barack Obama
Preceded by  Howard Matz
Name  Michael Fitzgerald

Born  July 11, 1959 (age 56) Los Angeles, California, U.S. (1959-07-11)
Alma mater  Harvard University UC Berkeley School of Law
Education  Harvard College, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, UC Berkeley School of Law

Michael Walter Fitzgerald (born July 11, 1959) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.


Early life and education

Fitzgerald was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 11, 1959. He earned an Artium Baccalaureus from Harvard College in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1985. After law school, Fitzgerald worked as a law clerk for Judge Irving Kaufman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional career

Fitzgerald worked at the Law Offices of Robert L. Corbin from 1995 to 1998 and at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe from 1991 to 1995. From 1988 until 1991, Fitzgerald worked as an assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. From 1998, until his appointment to the Federal bench, Fitzgerald was part of a small Los Angeles law firm, Corbin, Fitgerald & Athey, which handles white collar criminal defense and business litigation.

Federal judicial service

On July 20, 2011, President Obama nominated Fitzgerald to the judicial seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of California formerly held by Howard Matz. Fitzgerald is the fourth openly gay candidate nominated by Obama to a federal judgeship, after Edward DuMont, J. Paul Oetken, and Alison J. Nathan. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 4, 2011, and the committee reported his nomination to the floor of the Senate on November 3, 2011, his nomination being placed on the Senate Executive Calendar that same day. On March 15, 2012, the Senate confirmed Fitzgerald in a 91–6 vote. He received his commission the same day.


Fitzgerald is openly gay and was the first openly LGBT person to be appointed to the federal bench in California.


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