The Honorable Albert H. Maldonado

Monterey County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Albert H. Maldonado (Ret.) was a judge for the Monterey County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Monterey County Municipal Court by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1995 and was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000. He retired from the bench in 2017, and his vacancy was filled by the Hon. Rafael Vazquez. At the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court, Maldonado held the distinction of being the first Latino to be seated in the County's history.

Maldonado graduated with his B.A. in government from the University of Redlands in 1969.

After graduating from college, Maldonado joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and would serve in Vietnam in 1971. For his military service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Vietnam Service Medal with Two Battle Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with '60 Device.

Upon completing his military service, Maldonado went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1974.

While in law school, Maldonado clerked for the Hon. Marcus Kaufman and the Hon. John Gabbert both with the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division 2. Then, after graduating from law school, he joined the San Bernardino County Superior Court, where he worked as a research attorney for one year. After leaving the court, Maldonado worked briefly as a deputy public defender in San Bernardino County before entering into private practice in 1977. During his nine-years practicing as an attorney in Los Angeles, he specialized in wrongful termination, employment discrimination, civil rights litigation, and labor law.

Maldonado then accepted a position as deputy county counsel with the Monterey County Counsel's Office in 1986. Six years later he would go to work as a deputy district attorney in Monterey County, where he would remain until his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1995.

During his tenure on the bench, Maldonado presided over criminal assignments, served on the appellate panel, and also presided over the Civil Division. He also served as a visiting judge for the counties of Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, and San Benito.

His memberships have included the Vietnam Veterans of Monterey County, the Veterans for Peace, the Central Coast YMCA, the Monterey County Legal Service Corp., the Monterey County HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the La Raza Lawyers. Maldonado also served as the past-president of the Monterey College of Law.

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