Judge Douglas W. Stern received both his A.B. in economics and political science in 1975 and J.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles. During law school, he was a member of the University of California at Los Angeles Law Review. After passing the California bar 1978, he worked at Miller and Mandel until 1982 when he joined Pepper Hamilton and Scheetz. In 1990, he moved to Fulbright and Jaworski where he was a partner, then joined Fidelity National Law Group in 2009. In 2012, he began working at Gibbs Giden Locher Turner and Senet, but formed his own firm, the Law Office of Douglas W. Stern, in 2013. His work in private practice focused on litigation, covering a broad range of areas including antitrust, breach of contract, unfair competition, etc. He was on the city council for Ranchos Palos Verdes from 1999 to 2011 and was also the mayor from 2003 to 2008. He was appointed to the bench in 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is a democrat.