Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee. (The only candidate in an open race to receive this highest rating).
Lance Winters “clearly stands out as excellent in a very good crowd” and “is the kind of judge we, the people of Los Angeles County, deserve.” -The Pasadena Star News
"Our endorsement goes to Winters because we view his potential as so high as to transcend service on the Superior Court." -The Metropolitan News
"Your knowledge, experience and integrity combine to make you exceptionally well qualified to be a superior court judge." -Bill Lockyer, State Treasurer, and former Attorney General for California
Lance Winters is running for Judge of the Superior Court for Los Angeles County, Office No. 95, in the June 3, 2008 election. He has been endorsed by law enforcement (e.g., Sheriff Lee Baca), elected officials (e.g., District Attorney Steve Cooley), members of the judiciary, and two former California Attorneys General (Bill Lockyer and Dan Lungren).
For over 15 years, Lance Winters has worked as a criminal prosecutor at the California Department of Justice, the Attorney General's Office. After serving the People of the State of California as a criminal prosecutor, he wants to continue his public service by serving as Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles County. Lance is exceptionally well qualified to be a judge, based on his wide range of legal work experience, as well as his various volunteer and bar activities.
At the Attorney General's Office, Lance has handled all types of felony criminal cases. He is currently lead counsel on three capital cases. For almost 10 years, he has supervised deputies and acted as part of the office leadership. He has appeared in every level of court in California; he has argued 5 times in the California Supreme Court.
Similarly, Lance's volunteer and bar activities have covered a broad range: tutoring disadvantaged children; advocating positions on legislation; coaching students at UCLA Law School; teaching students at USC Law School; evaluating judicial candidates; and serving as temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. In these activities, he has served as a role model and an active member of the community.
Lance Winters has been a resident of Los Angeles County his entire life, and he is the third generation of native Angelenos. His wife Kerry Winters works as a Staff Counsel III for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Kerry and their dog Gidget volunteer with Love on 4 Paws.