Judge Jay C. Gandhi is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Gandhi was a litigation partner at Paul Hastings LLP, a leading international law firm. Judge Gandhi practiced law for 12 years at Paul Hastings. He specialized in complex business litigation and class actions, and practiced in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and his practice areas included securities and finance, real estate, intellectual property, employment, professional negligence and general commercial litigation. During his tenure at Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi also served as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Orange County office and as its Chair of Associate Development.
Judge Gandhi is a prolific speaker and writer. Judge Gandhi frequently lectures about best practices in trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. He also has several publications to his credit, including in Bloomberg Law Reports, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the San Francisco Recorder, and is a co-author of the book “Securities Litigation: A Practical Guide.”
Judge Gandhi is also an alumnae of the Trial Attorney Partnership with the Orange County District Attorney’s office where he worked on a full-time basis as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney.
Judge Gandhi is committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Court’s ADR Committee, and a former Co-Chair of the ADR Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section. Judge Gandhi also sits on the Court’s Magistrate Judges Committee, which oversees the selection, appointment, and reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judges.
Judge Gandhi is a board member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles and a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Executive Committee for the Litigation Section.
Judge Gandhi is also a board member of SAHARA. SAHARA was founded in 1991, and provides support services to survivors of domestic violence, including safe transitional housing, legal advocacy, mental health counseling, and educational programming.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt. Judge Gandhi graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School.