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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election

California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 2, Division 4

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Brian S. Currey

Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 2, Division 4, 2018-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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Profession:Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law (not availa–not availa)
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 2, Division 4 — Elected position (2018–current)
Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court — Elected position (2014–2018)
Of Counsel, O'Melveny and Myers LLP (2013–2014)
Deputy Mayor for Economic and Business Policy, City of Los Angeles, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — Appointed position (2013–2013)
Counsel to the Mayor, City of Los Angeles, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — Appointed position (2010–2013)
Partner, O'Melveny and Myers LLP (1989–2010)
Associate, O'Melveny and Myers LLP (1981–1989)


University of Virginia School of Law J.D., law
UC Davis B.A., (field of study not available)

Community Activities

Member, Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform, Los Angeles County Bar Association (not availa–not availa)
Executive Board, California Judges Association (not availa–current)
Chair, California Civility Task Force, (joint project of CA Judges Association & CA Lawyers Association, in cooperation with State Bar of CA (not availa–current)
Member, Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Litigation Section (not availa–current)
Pro Bono Counsel, Christopher Commission (after the Rodney King incident) (1991–1992)


Official biography from the CA Court of Appeals website:

Justice Currey attended the University of California, Davis, which recognized him as the outstanding male graduate, and the University of Virginia Law School, where he served on the Virginia Law Review.

He then spent nearly 30 years litigating complex cases at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he served in various roles including vice-chair of the litigation department. Some of his high-profile matters included the Exxon Valdez criminal case, the Cantara Loop/Sacramento River train derailment and toxic chemical spill, and the Vioxx products liability litigation. He also advised on and litigated antitrust, business, energy, intellectual property, public finance, infrastructure, and other issues. On the pro bono front, he served as counsel to the Christopher Commission after the Rodney King incident, was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s task force on criminal justice reform, and secured a Supreme Court victory allowing the U.S. Census to more accurately count traditionally undercounted groups. His firm was honored for a program he helped to create whereby its lawyers gained trial experience by acting as pro bono prosecutors for several smaller cities. He also received an award from an environmental organization for his pro bono work in Southern California.

In 2010, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him as Counsel to the Mayor, and later also Deputy Mayor for Economic and Business Policy. In those roles he oversaw the City departments responsible for the airport, port, convention center, planning, building and safety, and other key functions. His time at City Hall gave him an insider’s understanding of how government works and a deeper understanding of public policy issues facing the Golden State.

In 2014, Governor Brown appointed him as a Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  His assignments included presiding over a misdemeanor trial and calendar court, handling a wide variety of cases as the only civil judge at the Compton Courthouse, and serving as the asbestos Coordination Judge at the Complex Civil Litigation Court. He also served pro tem in Divisions 1 and 3 of the Second District Court of Appeal.
Governor Brown appointed him to the Court of Appeal in December 2018. The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed his appointment after the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission bestowed an “exceptionally well qualified” rating.

Justice Currey serves as the sole representative of appellate justices on the Board and Executive Board of the California Judges Association (CJA). He also is the liaison between the CJA board and CJA’s Appellate and Civil committees.

Justice Currey is the Chair of the California Civility Task Force, a joint project of CJA and the California Lawyers Association, in cooperation with the State Bar of California. The Task Force’s initial report contains meaningful proposals for improving civility in the practice of law in California and may be viewed at

Justice Currey is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation Section. He also belongs to a number of other professional associations. He speaks and writes on legal issues, and has taught at the USC Gould School of Law.

In his spare time, he likes running, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, and enjoying life with family and friends.

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Justice Currey believes in fairness, honesty, civility, and adhering to the rule of law.

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