Carlos R. Moreno


Associate Justice
October 2001–February 2011


Date of Birth: Nov. 4, 1948 in Los Angeles

Family: Married to wife Christine; two children, Keiko and Nicholas

Education: J.D., Stanford Law School, 1975; B.A. (Political Science), Yale University, 1970

Justice Carlos R. Moreno was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California on October 18, 2001, following his nomination by Governor Gray Davis. In November 2002, he was elected to serve the remainder of his predecessor’s term, as required by state law.

Justice Moreno began his career as a deputy city attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, prosecuting criminal and civil consumer protection cases and handling politically sensitive and legislative matters as special counsel to the city attorney. He then joined the firm of Mori & Ota (now known as Kelley, Drye & Warren) in 1979, representing institutional clients in the firm’s general commercial litigation practice.

In the fall of 1986, Governor George Deukmejian appointed Justice Moreno to the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District, where Moreno adjudicated criminal matters involving serious felony offenses and supervised the court’s civil department. In October 1993, Governor Pete Wilson elevated Justice Moreno to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Moreno presided over felony trials for four years in the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Justice Moreno was then nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton. In February 1998, he was unanimously confirmed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by the United States Senate. Moreno served as a federal district court judge for over three years, presiding over a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters.

Justice Moreno has served as President of the Mexican American Bar Association and has been a member of the California Judges Association, the Presiding Judges Association, and the Municipal Court Judges Association of Los Angeles County. He has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He is a Director of the Arroyo Vista Family Health Center and a former President of the Yale Club of Southern California. In 1997, Moreno received the Criminal Justice Superior Court Judge of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and in 2001 he was presented with the For God, For Country and For Yale Award, given to distinguished alumni of Yale University. He enjoys the theater, opera, and solving crossword puzzles.