Milbank LLP is pleased to announce that former Los Angeles Co-Managing Partner Mark Scarsi has been confirmed as a judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California (“the Court”). Mr. Scarsi was initially nominated on November 13, 2018 and was confirmed in an 83-12 vote by the US Senate on September 15, 2020.
In arriving at the Central District of California, Mr. Scarsi joins a district serving over 19.6 million people—the most of any federal district and almost half the population of California—within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. As part of the Court’s Western Division, Mr. Scarsi will preside over matters in Los Angeles. His appointment will fill the vacancy of former District Judge George H. King, who retired in January 2017.
Prior to Mr. Scarsi’s nomination to the judgeship, he was a partner at Milbank for 11 years, leading the firm’s West Coast Intellectual Property Litigation & Technology practice. His work included representing and defending patent holders in patent infringement actions, representing complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission and counseling clients on licensing and patent-related matters. He also has extensive experience litigating cases before state and federal district courts throughout the country.
Mr. Scarsi served as a Co-Managing Partner of Milbank’s Los Angeles office from 2013 until his nomination, after which he was succeeded by Deborah Conrad and Michael Duff. Throughout Mr. Scarsi’s career, he represented a number of Fortune 100 companies and tried 28 cases. Mr. Scarsi also devoted himself to significant pro bono work at Milbank.
“Mark not only brought a sterling legal acumen to the firm, but also played a critical role in expanding our presence in intellectual property and the West Coast more broadly,” said Milbank Chairman Scott A. Edelman. “We’re thrilled to see him begin this new chapter after a distinguished two-and-a-half decades in private practice.”