Tanya Acker, attorney and civil litigator, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. The program returned for its third season Monday, September 12, 2016. During the 2015-2016 season, HOT BENCH was the fastest growing first-run show in syndication, up 33% in homes delivering 3.4 million daily viewers.
Acker is an experienced civil litigator who has represented a wide array of clients, from major automobile manufacturers in high stakes product liability litigation to media companies in hotly contested trade secret disputes.
Acker is also an experienced television commentator, and has been a featured guest on “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Wendy Williams,” “The Talk,” “Inside Edition.” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Larry King Live,” “ The Insider,” “CNN Reports,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” , “Extra,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” CNBC Reports, Great Britain’s “GMTV” and Sky News, and various other broadcasts. She also guest cohosted CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” Acker also contributes to the Huffington Post and has served as a Temporary Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.
Acker graduated from Yale Law School in 1995. While at Yale, she represented lowincome women in family law cases and served as a teaching assistant in Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure courses. During law school, she worked at the Office of White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, and the private law firms Irell & Manella, O’Melveny & Myers, and Williams & Connolly. At Williams & Connolly, she assisted President Clinton’s personal lawyers with press interviews, worked on the preparation of Congressional testimony for pending product liability legislation, and researched First Amendment issues.
After graduating from Yale, Acker served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her duties during that appointment included advising and making recommendations to Ninth Circuit judges about rulings on a broad variety of cases, and preparing Judge Nelson for oral arguments on matters before the Court.
After her clerkship, the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Acker a Bristow Fellowship. While working as a Bristow Fellow, Acker drafted Supreme Court briefs and helped prepare the Solicitor General for oral argument before the High Court. Among the cases on which Acker worked was Clinton v. Jones, where she assisted both the Solicitor General and President Clinton’s personal attorneys in preparing for oral argument.