Judge Robert Shelley Draper received both his B.A. and J.D. from University of California, Berkeley. After passing the California bar in 1968, he worked at O’Melveny & Myers LLP as an associate from 1968-1976 and then as partner from 1976-2005. His practice focused on litigation, representing clients such as IBM, Paramount Studios, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Lockheed Martin. From 2005 until he was appointed to the bench in 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., he practiced at the Law Offices of Robert S. Draper. He is a democrat.