The Honorable Lawrence H. Cho has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2005 and is currently assigned to the Santa Monica Court House handling civil jury trials. Throughout his judicial career he has handled assignments in criminal, small claims, traffic, unlawful detainers, and unlimited civil. He was born and raised in the New York and New Jersey area. After graduating Rutgers College, with a major in Economics, he attended Rutgers Law School-Newark and obtained his J.D. Following graduation, he came to Los Angeles to serve as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court to the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the Central District of California. Following his clerkship, Judge Choreturned to New York to join the firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore as a litigation associate. Judge Cho returned to Los Angeles in 1990 to join
the United States Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor. Over the next 15 years, Judge Cho was appointed to numerous significant roles including Chief of the General Crimes Unit, Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, and following September 11, 2001, led the newly formed Terrorism and Organized Crime Section. From 2003 to 2005, Judge Cho was appointed to serve in Washington D.C. as the Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.