United States Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto (SKO)

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Appointed United States Magistrate Judge on April 12, 2010



University of Southern California, B.S., 1977

UCLA, M.S., 1979

University of Southern California School of Law, J.D., 1985


Professional Career:

Law Clerk, Justice Armand Arabian, California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District

Private Practice, Irell & Manella, Los Angeles, CA

Private Practice, Baker, Manock & Jensen, Fresno, CA

Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, Eastern District of California, Fresno, CA

Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Eastern District of California, Fresno, CA

1/2006 – 1/2008
Deputy Chief, Fresno Office

2/2008 – 4/9/2010
Chief, White Collar Crime Unit



Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto was appointed in 2010. Judge Oberto has extensive
federal court litigation experience and has handled over 20 federal jury trials in civil and
criminal cases. She has also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Oberto served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the
Eastern District of California from 1990 until her appointment in 2010. From 1990 to 1999,
she litigated a wide range of civil cases on behalf of the United States and federal parties,
representing both plaintiffs and defendants. She has substantial experience handling
personal injury and other tort cases, contract actions, employment discrimination and civil
rights cases, ADA litigation, environmental and land use actions, tax cases, asset forfeiture
matters, bankruptcy actions, and civil enforcement and civil fraud cases. In 1999, Judge
Oberto joined the criminal division as a federal prosecutor where she prosecuted complex
white collar cases and served as Deputy Chief of the Fresno Office and Chief of the White
Collar Crime Unit.

Judge Oberto began her career as a law clerk for Justice Armand Arabian with the California
Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District. She was in private practice at Irell & Manella
in Los Angeles from 1985 to1987 and at Baker, Manock & Jensen in Fresno from 1988 to
1989. Judge Oberto received her B.S. from the University of Southern California, her M.S.
from UCLA, and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Law in

Through her twenty years of public service and her private practice experience, Judge
Oberto brings to the bench a wealth of federal court litigation and trial experience, and is
committed to the fair, efficient and economical resolution of all actions.