Division Three: Justice Luis Lavin Justice Luis A. Lavin was nominated to the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  Following his unanimous confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, he joined Division Three on July 23, 2015.

Before his elevation to the Court of Appeal, Justice Lavin was a Los Angeles Superior Court judge for more than thirteen years.  As a trial judge, he presided over civil, criminal, and family law cases.  During his last three years on the trial court, Justice Lavin was assigned to a writs and receivers department and presided over traditional and administrative mandamus proceedings, including cases brought under the California Environmental Quality Act.  From October 2014 through February 2015, he also served as a justice pro tempore in Division Three of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Prior to his appointment to the trial court in 2001, Justice Lavin was Director of Enforcement and General Counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.  Before that, he served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.  Justice Lavin also served as in-house counsel for a labor union and handled commercial litigation at law firms based in California and Massachusetts.

Justice Lavin has devoted many years to teaching.  He has taught law school classes at USC School of Law and Southwestern Law School.  Justice Lavin has also taught judicial education courses on ethics and fairness, provisional remedies, case management, challenges to the pleadings, summary judgment motions, fiduciary duties, jury instructions, verdicts, post-trial motions, and bankruptcy.

Justice Lavin received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  He is fluent in Spanish.

Site Map | Careers | Contact Us | Accessibility | Public Access to Records | Terms of Use | Privacy | Newsroom