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Shannon Cooley, Daughter of Former D.A., Seeks Judgeship

Political Season Is Underway With Five Candidate Committees Having Been Formed for Aspirants For Election to Los Angeles Superior Court Seats; Campaign Fundraising Events Calendared


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney


Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cooley, daughter of former District Attorney Steve Cooley, has announced her candidacy for election to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The announcement came in a flyer heralding a “kick-off fundraiser” on Oct. 10 at the California Club. Shannon Cooley’s father and former Los Angeles District Attorney Robert H. Philibosian are hosts of the event.

She is one of five lawyers who has formed a campaign committee.

Civil, Criminal Experience

Shannon Cooley, whose law degree is from Loyola, was admitted to practice on Nov. 30, 2006. She was in civil practice for three years and has been a prosecutor for more than 10 years.

Her website lists Superior Court judges who have endorsed her including Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile and Assistant Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor. Others supporting her are Judges Mark S. Arnold, Ronald S. Coen, Miguel T. Espinoza, Larry P. Fidler, Randolph M. Hammock, Eleanor J. Hunter, Ruth A. Kwan, George G. Lomeli, Ricardo R. Ocampo, Shelly Torrealba, Susan J. Townsend, and Wendy Segall.

The candidate’s political consultant is David Gould.

Up for election next year are 188 Los Angeles Superior Court judges. Those who opt not to run in the March 3 primary and do not retire before their terms are up and in time for the governor to appoint a successor, will create open seats.

Other Potential Candidates



Deputy District Attorney


Associate Law Professor


Deputy District Attorney


Private Practitioner/Actor


Others who have formed committees backing their anticipated candidacies for judgeships on the Los Angeles Superior Court are:

Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole. Admitted to the State Bar in 2006, she has a law degree from Golden Gate.

Her campaign website lists two endorsements: those of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hilleri Merrit and a retired judge of that court, Lloyd Nash. A fundraiser is slated for Oct. 23 at the Law Office of Arvand Naderfi.

University of South Dakota School of Law Associate Professor Myanna Dellinger. A California lawyer since Dec. 1, 2009, she graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Dellinger was on inactive bar status from Nov. 8, 2011 to March 9, 2018, and again from June 1, 2018 to Feb. 25 of this year.

Her campaign website lists as endorsers retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ray Jurado, and University of Oregon Law School Professor Caroline Forell.

Deputy District Attorney Stephen T. Morgan. He earned his law degree at the University of Hawaii William S Richardson School of Law and was admitted to practice on Dec. 14, 2009.

His committee has reported having raised $22,317.29 through June 30 and having spent $11,690.10.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judges listed on his website as endorsers are Richard Burdge Jr., Robert G. Chu, Charles A. Chung, Lisa Mangay Chung, Tony Cho, Andrew Cooper, James Dabney, Rogelio Delgado, Gregory Dohi, Christopher Estes, Stephen Goorvitch, Eric Harmon, David E. Hizami, Shannon Knight, Bernie Laforteza, Joel Lofton, John Lonergan, Gilbert Lopez, Rubiya Nur, Tomson Ong, Javier Perez, Kevin S. Rosenberg, Jon Takasugi, Frank Tavelman and Richard F. Walmark, as well as Commissioner Lisa Strasser, retired Judge Michael S. Luros, and Court of Appeal Justice Eileen Moore of the Orange County-based Fourth District’s Div. Three.

Century City private practitioner/actor Thomas Parsekian. His law school alma mater is Rutgers; his law license was issued Dec. 16, 1991.

His sole endorser so far is California Treasurer Fiona Ma, a non-attorney whose residence is in San Francisco.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Armenui A. Ashvanian has taken out a petition to use signatures in lieu of a filing fee.


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