John Kronstadt

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John Arnold Kronstadt
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Assumed office
April 14, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Florence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
In office
2002–2011
Appointed by Gray Davis
Preceded by Juelann Cathey
Succeeded by Roberto Longoria
Personal details
Born John Arnold Kronstadt
1951 (age 65–66)
Washington, D.C.
Education Cornell University A.B.
Yale Law School J.D.

John Arnold Kronstadt (born 1951) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Kronstadt was born in 1951.[1] He graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with an Artium Baccalaureus[2] At Cornell, he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1976.[2] After completing law school, Kronstadt served as a law clerk for Judge William P. Gray of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

In October 2002, California Governor Gray Davis appointed Kronstadt to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[4] He replaced Judge Juelann Cathey,[4] who had retired earlier that year following major heart surgery.[5]

While a Superior Court judge, Kronstadt presided over the case to determine rightful ownership of the Bahia Emerald, an 840-pound gemstone that has previously been valued at $372 million.[6]

On November 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Kronstadt to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Central District of California[2] to fill the vacancy created by the death of Florence-Marie Cooper.[3] On April 12, 2011, the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm his nomination.[7] Kronstadt received his judicial commission two days later.

Personal[edit]

Kronstadt is married to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Helen Bendix.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Florence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
2011–present
Incumbent