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Criminal Law Attorney Youngquist Takes Step Toward Running for Judgeship


By a MetNews Staff Writer



potential judicial candidate

Santa Monica criminal law attorney Eric Jeffrey Youngquist yesterday secured from the Office of Registrar Recorder a petition on which to gain signatures in support of his possible candidacy for Los Angeles Superior Court Office No. 135, an open seat.

Every three signatures cuts $1 from the $2,323.99 filing fee.

Youngquist is the second lawyer to indicate an interest in running for that seat, being vacated by Judge Cary Nishimoto. Hermosa Beach attorney Mohammad Ali Fakhreddine took out a petition on Sept. 14.

His law office website says that Youngquist “has 20 years’ worth of experience as a Los Angeles County police detective.” There is no county police department, but his LinkedIn page clarifies that he was a member of the El Monte Police Department from November 1992 to September 2011—18 years, 11 months.

The LinkedIn page describes Youngquist as a “JUDGE PRO TEMPORE & ATTORNEY with more than 25 years of professional experience.” However, he does not have 25 years of experience as an attorney; he was admitted to practice on Dec. 27, 2007, less than 16 years ago.

He has served as a judge pro tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court since March 2019, according to the LinkedIn page. Youngquist’s law degree is from Western State University in Fullerton.

Attorney Malik C. Burroughs has taken out a signatures-in-lieu petition for Los Angeles Superior Court Office No. 48, currently held by Judge Margaret Bernal. Bernal said yesterday she will not be running for reelection.

In light of early-retirement legislation, it is widely speculated that there will be a large number of open seats on the March 5 ballot.


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