Carlos R. Moreno was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California from October 18, 2001 to February 29, 2011.
In 2009, Moreno declined consideration for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, saying that he would not leave the California Supreme Court for anything other than the Supreme Court of the United States.
Moreno earned his B.A. in political science from Yale University in 1970 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1975.
Justice Moreno began his career as a deputy city attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, prosecuting criminal and civil consumer protection cases. He also handled politically sensitive and legislative matters as special counsel to the city attorney. In 1979 he joined the firm of Mori & Ota (now known as Kelley, Drye & Warren), representing institutional clients in the firm’s general commercial litigation practice.
In 1986, Governor Deukmejian appointed Moreno to the Compton Municipal Court, where he handled general criminal matters and supervised the court’s civil department. In October 1993, Governor Wilson elevated Moreno to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, where he presided over felony trials until his elevation to the federal bench.
Justice Moreno was nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton and in February 1998, he was unanimously confirmed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by the United States Senate. Moreno served the Central District of California for over three years, until his resignation from the court on October 18, 2001. He was sworn in that same day to the California Supreme Court. Moreno was succeeded on the federal court by Cormac Carney.