The Honorable Theresa M. Traber was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 17, 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. She currently sits in Department 47 in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles where she presides over an unlimited jurisdiction civil calendar court with an inventory of more than 700 cases. In the last few years, Judge Traber has handled a variety of civil assignments including sitting in the personal injury hub, conducting trials in a dedicated trial court, and presiding over an independent calendar court in the Van Nuys courthouse. Before that, she was a family court judge sitting in Pasadena for three years.
From 1991 through her appointment to the bench, Judge Traber was a founding partner of Traber & Voorhees, which was a small public interest litigation firm in Pasadena representing plaintiffs in individual and class action lawsuits alleging employment and housing discrimination, class and collective actions asserting violations of wage and hour protections, and other civil rights matters. Before that, she was an associate and then a partner with Litt & Stormer, a private public interest law firm in Los Angeles.
Judge Traber received her B.A. in English and History, with Highest Honors, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in May 1980. She graduated with a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 1984.
During her legal career, Judge Traber has participated in numerous presentations for legal seminars and classes organized by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, Public Counsel, and other legal and public interest organizations. As a bench officer, Judge Traber has trained superior court law clerks and research assistants and has provided training to her judicial colleagues on various legal issues.