The Hon. C. Todd Bottke is a judge for the Superior Court of Tehama County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 3, 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Dennis E. Murray.
Bottke earned a B.A. in English and history from The Ohio State University in 1993. He then completed a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1997.
He began his legal career in 1997. He started as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner, where he represented public and private entities in construction, government, technology, employment, and environmental matters.
Two years later, he left the firm and joined the Office of the District Attorney as a deputy district attorney. During his brief tenure there, he was assigned to sexual assault, arson, narcotics, and asset forfeiture cases.
At the end of 1999, Bottke accepted a position as the head of legal affairs and compliance at ThyssenKrupp Materials. Then, in 2001, he became an associate at Feeney, Kellett, Wienner & Bush. He practiced there for one year, handling the defense of catastrophic product liability suits and commercial litigation matters.
He then returned to the Office of the District Attorney of Tehama County in 2002, where he resumed his duties as a deputy district attorney.
Bottke returned to the private sector in 2004. This time, he accepted a position as a partner with McGlynn, McGlynn & Bottke, representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation, governmental regulation, criminal defense, probate, real estate, family law, and business planning matters. He held this position until his appointment to the bench in 2010.
Bottke has served as president of the California Judges Association. He has also been a member of the Judicial Council Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the Governing Committee of the Center for Judicial Education and Research.
His other memberships have included the Red Bluff Kiwanis, the Presbyterian Church, and the Shasta Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Bottke is registered as a Republican.
When not presiding over cases, he enjoys coaching local youth sports teams.