Judge Jay C. Gandhi

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Judge Jay C. Gandhi was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge on April 14, 2010, making history as the first South Asian American federal judge in California.

Please see below for his judicial profile and his interview with the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Since joining the bench, Judge Gandhi has received a number of accolades for his dedication to public service.  Most recently, in 2016, Judge Gandhi received the Judicial Trailblazer Award.  He is also the recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Aranda III Judge of the Year Award, and the 2014 Judicial Excellence and Public Service Award.

Judge Gandhi is known for his commitment to alternative dispute resolution.  He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, which oversees the Central District of California’s ADR program and its mediation panel of over 200 neutrals.  Judge Gandhi is also a former Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section. 

Judge Gandhi is a frequent speaker and writer.  Judge Gandhi regularly speaks about best practices in trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution.  He also has several publications to his credit, including “The Advantages of Moving First in a Mediation” and “Leave the Odds to Vegas.”

Judge Gandhi is active in professional associations.  He presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association.  Judge Gandhi previously served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles, and as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Executive Committee for the Litigation Section.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Gandhi was a litigation partner at Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm.  While at the firm, Judge Gandhi also served as an office Vice-Chair and a Chair of Associate Development.

During his nearly 12-year tenure at Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi specialized in complex business litigation and class actions, and practiced in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions.  He represented both plaintiffs and defendants.  His practice areas included securities and finance, real estate, intellectual property, employment, professional negligence, and general commercial litigation. 

Judge Gandhi is an alumnus of the Trial Attorney Partnership (TAP) Program with the Orange County District Attorney’s office, where he worked as a volunteer deputy district attorney.

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi was a law clerk to United States District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt of the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. 

Judge Gandhi graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School.