The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter will honor Judge James L. Waltz as Family Law Jurists of the Year at the Black-Tie Awards Dinner Dance on Saturday, January 15, 2011, 6 PM, at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.
Judge James L. Waltz received his J.D. from Whittier Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1979. In January 1980, he entered active duty with the United States Army as a Captain, serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and assigned to duty in Stuttgart, Germany, and earning two Army Commendation Citations. After leaving active duty, he remained an Army Reserve Officer until 1988. He also served as a Federal Prosecutor and was assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office and its Strike Force Team, prosecuting organized crime cases. After leaving government service, he went into private practice. In 2002, he was appointed Superior Court Commissioner and assigned to the court’s family law panel. In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him Superior Court Judge in Orange County. Judge Waltz has served twice on the Court’s Executive Committee, the court’s highest policy making committee, and currently serves as a Master Bencher with the Ferguson Inn of Court, of which he is also a past board member.