Richard M. Aronson


Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three


Richard M. Aronson was appointed as an Associate Justice to the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three by Governor Gray Davis on November 23, 2001.  Prior to his appointment as an Associate Justice, Justice Aronson was selected to serve as justice pro tempore on the Court of Appeal from October 2000 until his appointment.  Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the California Superior Court in March 1996, where he completed assignments on the civil law and motion calendar, felony criminal trials, family law, and civil trials.  He also served as a superior court commissioner of the Orange County Superior Court from June 1989 to March 1996.  In 1991, he became the first commissioner to receive a trial court assignment and served on the Felony Criminal Panel until 1996.

Justice Aronson’s prior legal experience includes service as a senior staff attorney at the Court of Appeal between 1988 and 1989.  He was an Orange County Public Defender from 1980 until 1988 and served as the supervisor of the Writs and Appeals Department and the Homicide Panel.  He served as a deputy district attorney for San Bernardino County from 1976 to 1979.  His duties included major felony prosecutions, including homicides.  Justice Aronson holds a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from the University of San Diego, and a master of laws degree from the University of Virginia.