Honorable Tomson T. Ong
Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, USC
He received his bachelor of arts in speech communications, and master and doctorate degrees in public administration from the University of Southern California. During his post-doctoral studies and research, he served as a Fulbright Scholar and Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer. He received his juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and his master of laws in taxation from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
Professionally, he served as a Deputy City Attorney in Santa Ana, California for about 3½ years. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for a decade before joining the bench.
In 1997, he was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Long Beach Municipal Court. In 2000, he was elevated to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
His judicial assignments include serving one year as the Assistant Supervising Judge in the South District, one year as the felony preliminary hearing judge, 6 years as a long cause criminal trial judge and, to date, he has served as a direct felony criminal trial judge.
He has handled a variety of criminal cases including special circumstances and death penalty cases, and cases involving child molestation, serial rapist, gang murders, and other violent felonies.
He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Policy at the U.S.C. Price School of Public Policy, and has taught there for the last 23 years.
He also had served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Pepperdine University for 6 years (outstanding adjunct faculty in the Graziadio School in 2002), and a senior faculty for the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute for 7 years (top rated faculty in the Institute in 1996) before leaving the Department of Justice.
He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, after completing 20 years of service. He is the recipient of a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Meritorious Service Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, 2 Army Achievement Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
He joined the Army in November 1990 during the initial Iraq War: Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He retired in January 2011 at the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the beginning of Operation New Dawn.