Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard

Thadd A. Blizzard is a judge for the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 27, 2009 to succeed Gail Ohanesian.

Professional Experience:

Superior Court Judge, Sacramento, CA (2009 to present)
Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization (2009)
Weintraub Genshlea Chediak law corporation, Sacramento, CA
Shareholder (1991-2009)
Senior Litigator, handling all aspects of complex civil trials and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as binding arbitrations
Member of Firm’s Executive Committee, Head of Litigation Section (1998-2004)
Chair of Writs and Appeals Practice Group (2004 to 2009)
Weintraub Genshlea Hardy Erich & Brown law corporation, Sacramento, CA
Associate (1987 to 1990)
Litigation Associate, handling complex civil litigation, arbitrations and appeals
Greenberg, Cantor & Reiss, New York, NY
Associate (1986-1987)
Litigation Associate, handling state and federal complex civil litigation, arbitrations and appeals
Law Offices of Stuart A. Jackson, New York, NY
Associate (1983-1986)
Litigation Associate, handling state and federal complex civil trial litigation, U.S. and international arbitrations, and appeals
Grant, Herrmann, Schwartz & Klinger, New York, NY
Associate (1980 to 1982)
Transactional Associate, handling U.S. and international business transactions, intellectual property, real estate and probate matters
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, San Francisco (1978-1979)
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph A. Rattigan
Assisted in researching and writing bench memoranda for all assigned criminal and civil appeals and writs

Education:

Undergraduate:
Claremont McKenna College
B.A., cum laude, departmental honors (Literature) 1975

Law Schools:
McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific)
J.D., 1978
Law Review Editor
Jessup International Moot Court Team Member, Best Brief Regionals

New York University School of Law
LL.M., 1980 (International Legal Studies)
Law Review Editor (N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics)
Walter Herzfeld Fellowship

Other Post-Graduate Education:

Claremont Graduate University
M.A. (Literature) 1979

Columbia University
M.Phil. (Comparative Literature) 1983
Full President’s Fellowship

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D), 1982-1983
Study Abroad Exchange Program in Germany for Lawyers, all Instruction in German – Full Fellowship

Admissions to Practice (all in good standing until 2009 appointment to bench):

State Bar of California (1978)
State Bar of New York (1980)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (1978)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1985)
U.S. Circuit Court for the Second Circuit (1987)
U.S. Supreme Court (1987)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (1989)
U.S. Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit (1989)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2008)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (2008)