Born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Judge Armen Tamzarian received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988 and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 1995. During law school, he was on the Southwestern University Law Review, serving as Associate Editor from 1994-1995, and externed for the Honorable Harry L. Hupp in the Central District of California. After passing the bar in 1995, he worked as a Los Angeles Superior Court Research Attorney until 1997 when he joined the firm of Case Knowlson Jordan and Wright LLP, becoming partner in 2002. His work in private practice focused on constitutional law and business litigation. Then, in 2008, he became a senior attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second District, where he remained until being appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Armenian Bar Association, and the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region, and has also taught appellate process and brief drafting as an associate adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School.