LOS ANGELES (Nov. 26, 2015) — The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) applauds Judge Rob B. Villeza’s appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Judge Villeza to the state court on Nov. 12, 2014.
Judge Villeza is eminently qualified for the state judiciary. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the last 23 years, Judge Villeza served as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California since 2001. As a deputy chief and as a line Assistant United States Attorney, Judge Villeza prosecuted complex cases involving drug trafficking and money laundering. Prior to his time with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Villeza was a litigation associate at Graham and James LLP and at Cades Schutte LLP.
“Through APABA’s vetting process, we came to know Rob as a highly respected, intelligent, hard-working figure in the legal community, with the calm demeanor required for the bench,” stated Christina Yang, Co-Chair of the Public Appointments and Judicial Endorsements Committee.
Judge Villeza is one of four Asian Pacific Americans appointed to the state judiciary in Southern California in November 2014. APABA expresses its appreciation to Governor Brown not only for the appointment of Judge Villeza, but also for the appointments of Judge Shirley Watkins and Judge Michael E. Whitaker to the Los Angeles Superior Court, and Judge Suzanne Cho to the Riverside Superior Court. APABA welcomes the tremendous strides Governor Brown has taken to support diversity on our state bench.