Christine Byrd Appointed to Judgeship

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April 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Irell & Manella partner Christine Byrd to judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

Byrd has been a litigation partner at Irell & Manella since 1996. In 2009, she was selected as one of California's "Top 100 Women Litigators" by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. Byrd is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of the AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), and the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Services. In both 2007 and 2008, she was named one of California's "Top 75 Women Litigators" by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals.

Byrd served the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1982 to 1987 and was a law clerk to the Honorable William P. Gray, U.S. District Court from 1975 to 1976. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University.