The Honorable Cynda Riggins Unger

Solano County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Cynda Riggins Unger (Ret.) was a judge for the Solano County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in 2000, becoming the second woman at the time to hold a judicial position in Solano County. She retired from the bench in April 2018.

Unger received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1980. She went on to earn her J.D from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1983.

Prior to being elected to the bench, Unger had worked as a deputy district attorney with the Solano County District Attorney's Office for four years. She entered the public sector after working in private practice for thirteen years. During her time at the D.A.'s office, Unger would be assigned to their Family Law Support Division. Unger also became a certified family law specialist by the California State Bar in 1991.

During her tenure on the bench, Unger served as a Supervising Family Law Judge and presided over the Family Law Division for most of her judicial career. Her other judicial assignments included presiding over probate, conservatorships, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, and misdemeanor cases.

Unger was named the Judicial Officer of the Year by the California State Bar's Family Law Section in 2006.

Interestingly, after seeing her campaign signs during her bid for the Superior Court judicial position in 2000, a heavy metal band decided to name their band "Judge Unger."

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