United States Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto (SKO)

Federal Judicial Service:

U. S. District Court, Eastern District of California

United States Magistrate Judge, appointed 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



Sheila K. Oberto was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 2010, and has been presiding over large variety of federal matters since her appointment.

Before taking the bench, Judge Oberto served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of California. 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. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she handled 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 to 1987 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 1985.