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Ex-Federal Prosecutor John Early Named U.S. Magistrate Judge for Central District


By a MetNews Staff Writer


John D. Early has been named a U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California, the court said yesterday.

In a release, the court said Early was sworn in Wednesday to succeed retired Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, and will sit in Santa Ana. Early had previously headed his own firm, which was located in Irvine.

His practice focused on representing clients in government investigations and complex civil litigation, including intellectual property, securities, and unfair competition disputes, immediately prior to his appointment.

Early served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District prior to opening his firm, and had previously been a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Orange County and White & Case in Los Angeles.

Early “has trained federal prosecutors from across the country in trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center, has lectured on various topics relating to trial practice, and has taught Legal Research and Writing at the Chapman University Law School,” the court noted in its release. He has received numerous awards from federal law enforcement agencies and has served as an appointed member of the district’s Indigent Criminal Defense Panel and Civil Mediation Panel.   

The newly named jurist is a 1993 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he served as an editor on the UCLA Law Review. At the University of Notre Dame, he earned his undergraduate degree in 1990 and served as a student manager for the 1988 national championship football team, the court noted.

The court is authorized 24 fulltime magistrate judges, plus one part-time magistrate judge.


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