Hon. Andrew Guilford


United States District Court, Central District of California


The Honorable Andrew J. Guilford was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George Bush, taking his oath of office on July 7, 2006. He has sat by designation with the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is one of six Patent Pilot Program Judges in the Central District of California.

Before becoming a district judge, Andrew Guilford was a business trial lawyer with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton for over 30 years, handling cases involving a wide variety of issues, particularly relating to intellectual property, unfair competition, finance, and professional liability. He also served as an arbitrator and as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Orange County Superior Court.

Guilford received his AB degree in economics summa cum laude in 1972, and his JD degree in 1975, both from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was an associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. During law school, he worked as an extern to Justice Lester Roth and as a research assistant for Professor Jesse Dukeminier. 

In 1992, Guilford was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was recognized five times by Daily Journal as one of California's Top 100 Attorneys; listed as one of 50 "Best Lawyers in Orange County"; selected with 13 commercial litigators in Orange County to be listed in "Best Lawyers in America"; selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" three times; honored by the OC Trial Lawyers Association as Business Litigation Trial Lawyer of the Year; honored by the Orange County Bar Association with its Franklin G. West Award for lifetime achievement; honored by the Judicial Council with its Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award; honored by the Anti‑Defamation League with its Jurisprudence Award; honored by the J. Reuben Clark Society with its J. Reuben Clark Award; selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and honored by the Orange County Asian American Bar Association with its Judicial Excellence Award.

Among Judge Guilford’s professional activities have been service as the President of the State Bar of California (1999-2000); President of the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, 2013-present); President of the Orange County Bar Association (1991), Chair of its Business Litigation Section (1983), and Chair of its State Bar Conference Delegation (1986-1987); a Founding Officer and President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Orange County (2000-2001); and serving on the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association (2001-present), the Founding Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCI School of Law (2007-present), the Board of Visitors for the Chapman University School of Law, the Board of Directors for the Western Justice Center Foundation (2008-present), the State Bar Commission on the Future of the State Bar (1993-1995), the Judicial Council’s Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants, the Supreme Court’s Advisory Task Force on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, the State Bar Commission on Access to Justice (2008-2013); and serving as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1990-1992, 1999-2001).  In 2011, at the request of The Chief Justice of the United States, he began serving on the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Council of the United States.

With his strong commitment to community service and as a strong advocate for volunteer legal services for indigents, Guilford served as President of the Public Law Center from 2004 to 2006, and was awarded his firm’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and the Poverty Law Center Outstanding Service Award.

Guilford has written many articles on various topics concerning the justice system. He shares his years of legal experience by serving as an Adjunct Professor at UC Irvine School of Law and teaching at continuing legal education programs on various topics such as intellectual property, trial tactics, ethics and professionalism, multijurisdictional practice, civil procedure, and legal writing. He is a Contributing Editor of The Rutter Group's Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial.


Current Courses:

Trial Advocacy