The Honorable B. Scott Thomsen

Nevada County Superior Court, Department 3


The Hon. B. Scott Thomsen is a judge for the Nevada County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. C. Anders Holmer (Ret.).

He is registered decline-to-state.

Judge Thomsen graduated with his B.S. in business administration from Menlo College. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Thomsen joined the law firm of Thompson and Heller in 1989. A year later, he became a partner at Kierney and Thomsen, where he would practice until 1997. He then entered into solo practice in 1998. He remained in that capacity until being selected to serve as a court commissioner in 2005. During his time in private practice, Thomsen handled a wide variety of civil litigation as well as insurance defense litigation. Then, after being certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization in 1996, he transitioned into handling family law, dependency, delinquency, and criminal defense matters.

Thomsen also served as a juvenile hearing officer with the Nevada County Superior Court from 2000 to 2005.

During Thomsen's five-year tenure as a court commissioner, he served with both the Nevada County and Sierra County Superior Courts. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the bench in 2010.

During his time on the Superior Court, Judge Thomsen has served two terms as the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court (2013-2015, 2019) and also served as the Presiding Judge of the Court from 2016 to 2018. He has also sat on assignment in the Family Law and Juvenile Dependence Divisions.

His memberships have included the Elkins Task Force and Faculty for Implementing Elkins in Family Court, the California Judges Association, and the Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. He has also served as a trustee of the Nevada County Law Library.

Thomsen has served as a faculty member for various conferences and family law institutes. He has also served as a faculty member for the Center for Judicial Education and Research's Family Law Overview Course.

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