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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 150

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Tom Parsekian

Attorney/Mediator
418,129 votes (26.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • With heavy case workloads and limited resources, I would work to increase funding to the courts to benefit all living within the county, as more affordable access to the courts and faster adjudication of issues would lead to more equal justice.
  • Returning live court reporters to every civil courtroom. Many times recording devices do not make accurate and/or intelligible records, leaving civil litigants disadvantaged.
  • Attracting judges without bias, prejudice, preconceived notions or external influences to the bench, for better administration of justice. Judges must be able to take all those appearing with equal measures of empathy, civility, and respect.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney-at-Law/Mediator
Attorney at Law/Founding Member, PARSEKIAN LAW CORPORATION (1994–current)

Education

Rutgers University School of Law-Newark Juris Doctor, Law (1990)
Columbia University, New York, New York Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (1983)
Oxford University, Exeter College, Oxford, England Certificate - British Literature, Bloomsbury Group-Virginia Woolf (1982)
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts Certificate, Russian Studies (1979)

Biography

I am writing as a candidate for judge who has been endorsed by the Hon. Adam Schiff, The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and U.S. Representative from the 28th Congressional District, California.  Adam has been acquainted with my professional work since 2009 and I am honored to have his endorsement.

I was born of second generation immigrants who crossed the Atlantic from Europe; who came through Ellis Island, and whose names are on the walls of that immigrant processing hall.  My maternal grandfather was a coal miner, and later, a heavy construction worker.  My paternal grandfather was a tailor, and my paternal grandmother, a seamstress in the “sweat shops” of New York City.  They all eventually made a life for themselves and their families, passing down to their children and grandchildren working class values of hard work and commitment, so a better life could be made for themselves and their children.  The American Dream.

I was afforded a chance at that dream by my parents, and what distinguishes me from my opponents are my years of experience in the legal profession. 

 

I have been a trial and litigation attorney in the Superior Courts for the past 28 years with a specific emphasis on Complex Litigation.  Complex cases require keen organizational skills, and intellect, and as importantly, the facility to bring disparate interests together to find common ground and ultimately, resolution if at all possible.  I have been bringing these qualities to my legal work since I began practicing law nearly 30 years ago, and have enjoyed success in reaching favorable results for my clients through both bench and jury trials to verdict and judgment, and appeals.

Our Superior Court is the largest single trial court in the United States, which necessarily requires its judges be able to handle any and all challenges at whatever level of complexity in the administration of justice throughout this very diverse and populous county.  What happens in the trial court can have such a consequential and lasting effect on people’s lives. So it is critically important that a judge have both understanding and empathy for all those that come before the court, and for the lasting effect the decisions made will have on them.  I would be that judge.

It is critical that a judge makes decisions without fear or favor; without bias, without prejudice without preconceived notions or influences; but solely dedicated to the fair administration of justice.  We need exceptional people with an unwavering dedication to the judiciary’s core mission:  to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.  I would be that judge.

So, I am asking that you join Congressman Adam Schiff in supporting my judicial campaign, along with the many judges, elected officials, community leaders, and Democratic organizations in the attached list of endorsements.

I would be honored to have not only your support, but your encouragement to others to vote for Tom Parsekian for Judge, Seat #150 on March 3, 2020.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (1)

  • Hon. Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative, 28th Congressional District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Education

J.D. - Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 1990

B.A. - Columbia University, New York, NY, 1983

 

Other Education

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 1978-1979

Oxford University, Exeter College, Oxford, England – 1982

Licensure

State Bar of California, 1991

United States District Court, Central District, 1991

United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1991

United States District Court, Northern District, 2004

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2009

Supreme Court of the United States, 2010

I have been a successful litigation and trial attorney in the Superior Courts for the past 28 years with a specific emphasis on Complex Litigation.  Complex Litigation cases are those that typically involve not just complex issues, but multiple party litigants and law firms, sometimes in very high numbers, which make exceptional organizational and case management skills a prerequisite for success.  Additionally, complex cases require keen intellect, and as importantly, the facility to bring disparate interests together to find common ground and ultimately, resolution.  I have been bringing these qualities to my legal work since I began practicing law nearly 30 years ago, and have been extraordinarily successful in reaching favorable results for my clients through both bench and jury trials to verdict and judgment.

 

What about serving on the LA Superior Court interests you? 

 

Los Angeles County Superior Court is the largest single trial court in the United States, which necessarily requires its judges be able to handle any and all challenges, at whatever level of complexity, in the administration of justice throughout this very diverse and populous county.  As a result and necessary consequence, the Los Angeles County Superior Court requires judges bring no bias, prejudices, preconceived notions or external influences to the bench in the administration of justice.  It is of utmost importance that a judge be able to take all those that come before her or him with equal measure of empathy, civility, respect and understanding, and apply only those properly admitted evidentiary facts to the applicable law; to render the administration of justice impartially without fear or favor.  These truths are deeply seated in my core beliefs and will guide my work as a judge.  Los Angeles County needs those that take the bench to hew closely to these qualities due to the breadth and diversity of its people, cases and issues that come before the court, particularly at the county trial court level.  It is at the trial court level that people’s lives are most affected, if not permanently altered, and in the most profound way; therefore, judges need to be able to administer justice in an evenhanded manner without bias or prejudice, indeed, those are the very qualities I will bring to the bench.

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