On April 14, 2010, Judge Jay C. Gandhi was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California, making history as the first South Asian American federal judge in California.
Since joining the bench, Judge Gandhi has received a number of accolades for his dedication to public service. Most recently, in 2016, Judge Gandhi received the Judicial Trailblazer Award from the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. He is also the recipient of the Benjamin Aranda III Judge of the Year Award from the Mexican American Bar Association and the Judicial Excellence and Public Service Award from the Iranian American Bar Association.
On the bench, Judge Gandhi is known for his commitment to alternative dispute resolution. He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and a former Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section.
Off the bench, Judge Gandhi is a frequent speaker and writer. Judge Gandhi regularly speaks about best practices in trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution for such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He also has several publications to his credit, including most recently “The Advantages of Moving First in a Mediation” and “Leave the Odds to Vegas.”
Judge Gandhi is also active in the broader legal community. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association. Judge Gandhi previously served as a board member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles and as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Executive Committee for the Litigation Section.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Gandhi was a litigation partner at Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm. During his nearly 12-year tenure at Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi specialized in complex business litigation and class actions, and practiced in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and his practice areas included securities and finance, real estate, intellectual property, employment, professional negligence, and general commercial litigation. While at the firm, Judge Gandhi also served as an office vice-chair and a chair of associate development.
Judge Gandhi is also an alumnus of the Trial Attorney Partnership (“TAP”) program with the Orange County District Attorney’s office, where he worked full-time as a volunteer deputy district attorney.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi was a law clerk to United States District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt. Judge Gandhi graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School.