The judicial system of California is the largest in the United States that is fully staffed by professional law-trained judges. The state judiciary has more than 2,000 judicial officers that hear over 10 million cases each year. In comparison, the federal judicial system has only about 840 judges. Although New York and Texas each technically have more judicial officers than California, a large number of them are not attorneys and have no formal legal training.
With the state judiciary setting a high standard for education, Culver City notes two residents who were both on the appointment list for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The announcement of 12 California superior court judges included: One in Kern County; Seven in Los Angeles County; One in Napa County; One in Orange County; One in Sacramento County; and one in Sutter County.
Alexander C.D. Giza, 51, of Culver City, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Giza has been a partner at Hueston Hennigan LLP since 2015. He was a partner at Russ, August and Kabat from 2009 to 2014. Giza was counsel at Irell and Manella LLP in 2009, where he was an associate from 2001 to 2008. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti at the Alaska Supreme Court from 2000 to 2001. Giza earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Laura A. Matz. Giza is registered without party preference.
David K. Reinert, 43, of Culver City, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Reinert has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 2005. He was an associate at Lax and Stevens from 2004 to 2005. Reinert earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Benny C. Osorio. Reinert is a Democrat.