Wednesday, July 31, 2013
U.S. District Judge Gary Feess to Take Senior Status
By a MetNews Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge Gary Feess of the Central District of California will take senior status on March 13 of next year at the age of 65, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts reported yesterday.
Feess has been a judge of the court since 1999, when he was appointed by then-Pres. Bill Clinton after having served three years on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The jurist is a 1970 graduate of Ohio State University and earned his law degree at UCLA in 1974. He spent the first five years of his legal career as a litigation associate, first at McKenna & Fitting, and then with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
He became an assistant U.S. attorney in 1979, returned to Jones Day as a partner in 1987, and left again to become chief assistant to then-U.S. Attorney Robert Bonner the following year.
He was named interim U.S. attorney after Bonner left for the federal bench in 1989, then returned to Jones Day for a third stint. He was named head of litigation in the firmís Los Angeles office in 1991, and served as deputy general counsel for the Christopher Commission which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department that year.
He joined Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Oliver as a partner in 1992, specializing in environmental and white-collar criminal defense. Then- Gov. Pete Wilson appointed him to the Superior Court in 1996.
As a district judge, his responsibilities have included oversight of the police practices consent decree entered into by the Justice Department and the LAPD following the Rampart scandal. The decree was entered into in 2001 and lifted by Feess in May of this year.
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