Hon. Suzanne H. Segal
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Central District of California
Judge Suzanne H. Segal was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California on July 31, 2002. As a Magistrate Judge in the Central District, Judge Segal presides over federal civil and criminal proceedings. Magistrate Judges serve as the judge for all purposes in civil cases where the parties have consented to the Magistrate Judge. In addition, Magistrate Judges in the Central District of California are referred discovery matters, habeas petitions, certain civil rights cases, and social security benefits actions. Magistrate Judges preside over settlement conferences in many civil cases.
Before taking the bench, Judge Segal served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office, from 1990 to 2002. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Judge Segal represented individuals and federal agencies in employment, civil rights, tort, and other litigation involving the United States. From 1999 to 2002, she served as the Chief of Civil Appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In this position, she supervised all matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the Civil Division. Prior to serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Segal was an associate at Dewey, Ballantine in Los Angeles.
Judge Segal is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar and the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Judge Segal previously served as the coordinator of the Central District of California’s Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel and is a member of the Central District’s Pro Bono and ADR Committees. Judge Segal received her bachelor of arts from Claremont McKenna College in 1982 and a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School in 1987. She maintains her chambers in Los Angeles.