Judge Sotolongo was appointed in September of 2014. Previously, he was a judge with the Social Security Administration for the past 13 years. Before his appointment with Social Security, he spent 22 years as an NLRB senior trial specialist in both Region 21 in Los Angeles and Region 32 in Oakland, where he handled some of the more complicated and complex cases in those regions. He also served for two years as a senior trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in immigration-related unfair employment practices. Judge Sotolongo received his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of California in San Diego and his J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis.