The Honorable Theodore R. Howard

Orange County Superior Court, Department C18


The Hon. Theodore R. Howard is a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 30, 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Daniel J. Didier.

Howard received a B.A. in philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College in 1964. After graduating college, he briefly worked at the photo-lab of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He then earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1968.

Howard began his legal career in 1969. He worked as an associate at Boyle, Atwill & Stearns until 1973. He then joined Kinkle, Rodiger, Graf, Dewberry, and Spriggs as an associate litigating tort cases. Two years later, he became a partner at Parker, Stanbury, McGee, Babcock, and Combs. Then, in 1987, he became a partner at Howard, Moss, Loveder and Strickroth, a civil litigation firm located in Santa Ana, California.

Howard is a recipient of the Judge George Francis Award and has served as President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He is a descendant of Joseph Lancaster Brent. Brent was a lawyer who came to California in 1851. He acquired a series of clients who paid him in land, allowing him to own much of what is now Glendale and South Pasadena.

Howard attended St. Philip’s Catholic School in Pasadena, California as well as Queen of Angels Junior Seminary in Mission Hills, California.

He was a resident of Laguna Beach, California at the time of his appointment to the bench.

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