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On January 9, 2007, Judge Philip S. Gutierrez was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush to a seat vacated by Terry J. Hatter Jr. On January 30, 2007, he was confirmed by the United States Senate, and he received his commission on February 16, 2007.
Judge Gutierrez has deep roots in California. Born in Los Angeles in 1959, he attended Cantwell High School in East L.A. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, he attended UCLA School of Law and graduated in 1984. He began his legal career as an associate at the Los Angeles firm of Wolf, Pocrass & Reyes, where he worked until 1986, before joining the firm of Kern & Wooley. In 1988, Judge Gutierrez joined the firm of Cotkin & Collins in Santa Ana as managing partner, focusing his practice on business litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance coverage.
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