|John E. McDermott was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 2009. Prior to his appointment, he was a commercial and public trial lawyer for 37 years in Los Angeles. He was a partner with Howrey LLP from 1997 to 2009, a partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft from 1990 to 1997, a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery from 1987 to 1990 and a partner with Memel, Jacobs, Pierno, Gersh & Ellsworth from 1981 to 1987. He was with the Western Center on Law & Poverty from 1972 to 1981, serving as its Executive Director from 1977 to 1981. He was an associate at Latham & Watkins from 1971 to 1972. Judge McDermott’s practice focused on complex business litigation and litigation involving public entities.|
Judge McDermott received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.