The Honorable Cynthia Pillsbury Smith

Napa County Superior Court, Department I / C

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Biography

The Hon. Cynthia Pillsbury Smith is a judge for the Napa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2017. She filled the vacancy created by the Hon. Francisca P. Tisher (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Smith received her B.A from Stanford University in 1983. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1998.

Smith began her legal career in private practice. She practiced as an associate at Herdell and Yost LLP from 1998 to 2001 and with Stein and Smith LLP from 2001 to 2002. She was named a partner at Stein and Smith in 2003. Two years later Smith became a shareholder at Clement, Fitzpatrick, and Kenworthy, where she practiced briefly before then joining Coombs and Dunlap LLP as of counsel in 2006. Smith was named a partner with the firm in 2008 and would remain there until her appointment to the bench in 2017.

While on the bench, Judge Smith has served as a Supervising Judge for both the Family and Juvenile Divisions. She has also presided in the Appellate Division.

Her memberships have included the American Inns of Court, the Napa County Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the California Women Lawyers Association, the Napa County Women Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.

Smith also served as President of the St. Helena Unified School District Board of Trustees for three years and served on the board for seven years.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Cynthia Pillsbury Smith

  • IN THE MATTER OF WARD THOMPSON

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR ORDER AUTHORIZING PARTICULAR TRANSACTIONS
    TRANSFERRING ASSETS TO PETITIONER AND FOR THE TRANSFER AND
    TRANSMUTATION OF RESPONDENT’S MONTHLY INCOME FOR SUPPORT OF
    COMMUNITY SPOUSE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Because the petition proposes a transfer of substantial assets to petitioner, ...

  • COUNTY OF NAPA V. WESNER, D., ET AL.

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES ON APPEAL
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendants David D. Wesner, Janice L. Wesner, and Don
    Wesner, Inc.’s move for an award of attorney’s fees incurred on appeal. Defendants successfully appealed and were awarded their costs on appeal. (Schmid Decl., ¶ 2.) Without an...

  • IN THE MATTER OF CATHERINE MIHOLOVICH

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION OF NAHED FAHMY CONCERNING THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND THE
    CONSTRUCTION OF THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE CATHERINE MIHOLOVICH
    TRUST
    TENTATIVE RULING: Respondent's Request for Judicial Notice is GRANTED. The
    Petition is DENIED.
    This represents the second attempt to obtain the Court...

  • IN THE MATTER OF AMANDA RETZLAFF

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: Notice has been properly published and no written objections have been filed. The petition is GRANTED without need for appearance.

    ...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP V. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    May 07, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KNOX, KEVIN DOUGLAS

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO TRANSFER CONSERVATORSHIP PROCEEDINGS (Pr. C. §§ 2211 - 2215)
    TENTATIVE RULING: Good cause appearing, the petition is GRANTED. The
    proceedings are ordered transferred to the Superior Court of California in and for the County of El Dorado.
    Nancy L. Ryan v. Delta Consulting & Engine...

  • ESTATE OF ALMA TUDAL

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL
    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. The Court will sign the proposed
    order.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF PAUL M. HOFF

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY, AND FOR
    AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION
    OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Petition is GRANTED.

    ...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP VS. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF PETITIONER’S REPLY IN SUPPORT OF ITS
    MOTION TO AUMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND THE DECLARATION OF
    ANTHONY G. ARGER IN ITS ENTIRETY.
    TENTATIVE RULING: Respondent’s and Real Parties in Interest’s motion to strike portions of Petitioner’s reply in support o...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP VS. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    Jan 11, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to January 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. C.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF GIAVONNA RIVER GRACE JORDAN, ET AL.

    Oct 02, 2018 |  Napa County

    ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF GUARDIANS AND PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF
    ATTORNEY’S FEES
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. The guardians,
    Robert Jordan and Nancy Jordan, are ordered to immediately place the estate assets into interest- bearing accounts. The assets should have ...

  • ESTATE OF OTIS V. MCNEIL

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO DETERMINE HEIRSHIP
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition. Petitioner has shown good cause based on
    the petition and the evidence presented. (Prob. Code, § 11704.)

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to October 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. I to allow the co-conservators to file: (1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341); and (2) Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council form GC-355)....

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANDREW LUNCEFORD

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROVISIONAL ORDER TO TRANSFER CONSERVATORSHIP OF THE
    PERSON TO OREGON; DIRECTING CO-CONSERVATORS TO PETITION FOR
    ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER; AND FOR TERMINATION OF THE
    CONSERVATORSHIP OF THE ESTATE
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Petition is GRANTED as prayed. The accounting hearing

  • IN THE MATTER OF MATTHEW’S TRUST

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF FIFTH ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF TRUSTEE; FOR
    APPROVAL OF COMPENSATION FOR TRUSTEE AND HIS AGENTS
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed.
    Estate of Cooley, Lucia Hernandez 2663201
    REPORT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION ON

  • ESTATE OF NANCY EILEEN GALLAGHER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO
    ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT Petition.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CHAD ANTHONY WILLIAMS JR.

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to October 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. C to allow the co-conservators to file: (1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341); and (2) Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council form GC-355)...

  • ESTATE OF TODD CUSTER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    FIRST AND FINAL REPORT OF ADMINISTRATOR AND PETITION FOR ITS
    SETTLEMENT, FOR ALLOWANCE OF STATUTORY COMPENSATION TO
    ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEYS AND FOR FINAL DISTRIBUTION.
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF WALLACE EUGENE PLATNER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REPORT OF SALE AND PETITION FOR ORDER CONFIRMING SALE OF REAL
    PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED. The appraisal is not in the court file.

    ...

  • LIVING TRUST DATED MARCH 31, 2005

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR SETTLEMENT OF FIRST ACCOUNT AND APPROVAL OF TRUSTEE,
    ATTORNEY AND BOND FEES
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF BARBARA G. MAHER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO REMOVE CO-ATTORNEY-IN-FACT AND CONFIRM SUCCESSOR SOLE
    ATTORNEY-IN-FACT AND AWARD OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • ESTATE OF ROBERT DONALD SLOAN

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE UPON RESIGNATION OF
    TRUSTEE
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to September 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. C to allow the petitioner to file a copy of the trust.

    ...

  • JACKSON STREET WINE WAREHOUSE LLC V. SARAH RUGGIERO, ET AL.

    Aug 08, 2018 |  Napa County

    1) ROCKZILLA’S APPLICATION FOR ORDER DISMISSING VERIFIED FIRST-
    AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT WITH PREJUDICE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Cross-Complainants’ Request for Judicial Notice is
    GRANTED. The Court may take judicial notice of the existence of each document in a court file, but can only take judicia...

  • MAURO GUMPAL V. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL.

    Jun 28, 2018 |  Napa County

    1) DEFENDANT QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER’S DEMURRER TO
    PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT AND MOTION TO STRIKE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant’s Demurrer is SUSTAINED WITHOUT LEAVE
    TO AMEND. Plaintiff’s Complaint is barred by Code of Civil Procedure section 340.5, which provides: “[i]n an action for i...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Cynthia Pillsbury Smith

  • IN THE MATTER OF WARD THOMPSON

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR ORDER AUTHORIZING PARTICULAR TRANSACTIONS
    TRANSFERRING ASSETS TO PETITIONER AND FOR THE TRANSFER AND
    TRANSMUTATION OF RESPONDENT’S MONTHLY INCOME FOR SUPPORT OF
    COMMUNITY SPOUSE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Because the petition proposes a transfer of substantial assets to petitioner, ...

  • COUNTY OF NAPA V. WESNER, D., ET AL.

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES ON APPEAL
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendants David D. Wesner, Janice L. Wesner, and Don
    Wesner, Inc.’s move for an award of attorney’s fees incurred on appeal. Defendants successfully appealed and were awarded their costs on appeal. (Schmid Decl., ¶ 2.) Without an...

  • IN THE MATTER OF CATHERINE MIHOLOVICH

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION OF NAHED FAHMY CONCERNING THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND THE
    CONSTRUCTION OF THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE CATHERINE MIHOLOVICH
    TRUST
    TENTATIVE RULING: Respondent's Request for Judicial Notice is GRANTED. The
    Petition is DENIED.
    This represents the second attempt to obtain the Court...

  • IN THE MATTER OF AMANDA RETZLAFF

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: Notice has been properly published and no written objections have been filed. The petition is GRANTED without need for appearance.

    ...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP V. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    May 07, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KNOX, KEVIN DOUGLAS

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO TRANSFER CONSERVATORSHIP PROCEEDINGS (Pr. C. §§ 2211 - 2215)
    TENTATIVE RULING: Good cause appearing, the petition is GRANTED. The
    proceedings are ordered transferred to the Superior Court of California in and for the County of El Dorado.
    Nancy L. Ryan v. Delta Consulting & Engine...

  • ESTATE OF ALMA TUDAL

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL
    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. The Court will sign the proposed
    order.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF PAUL M. HOFF

    Apr 19, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY, AND FOR
    AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION
    OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Petition is GRANTED.

    ...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP VS. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF PETITIONER’S REPLY IN SUPPORT OF ITS
    MOTION TO AUMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND THE DECLARATION OF
    ANTHONY G. ARGER IN ITS ENTIRETY.
    TENTATIVE RULING: Respondent’s and Real Parties in Interest’s motion to strike portions of Petitioner’s reply in support o...

  • SODA CANYON GROUP VS. COUNTY OF NAPA, ET AL.

    Jan 11, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION TO AUGMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to January 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. C.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF GIAVONNA RIVER GRACE JORDAN, ET AL.

    Oct 02, 2018 |  Napa County

    ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF GUARDIANS AND PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF
    ATTORNEY’S FEES
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. The guardians,
    Robert Jordan and Nancy Jordan, are ordered to immediately place the estate assets into interest- bearing accounts. The assets should have ...

  • ESTATE OF OTIS V. MCNEIL

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO DETERMINE HEIRSHIP
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition. Petitioner has shown good cause based on
    the petition and the evidence presented. (Prob. Code, § 11704.)

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to October 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. I to allow the co-conservators to file: (1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341); and (2) Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council form GC-355)....

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANDREW LUNCEFORD

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROVISIONAL ORDER TO TRANSFER CONSERVATORSHIP OF THE
    PERSON TO OREGON; DIRECTING CO-CONSERVATORS TO PETITION FOR
    ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER; AND FOR TERMINATION OF THE
    CONSERVATORSHIP OF THE ESTATE
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Petition is GRANTED as prayed. The accounting hearing

  • IN THE MATTER OF MATTHEW’S TRUST

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF FIFTH ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF TRUSTEE; FOR
    APPROVAL OF COMPENSATION FOR TRUSTEE AND HIS AGENTS
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed.
    Estate of Cooley, Lucia Hernandez 2663201
    REPORT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION ON

  • ESTATE OF NANCY EILEEN GALLAGHER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO
    ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT Petition.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CHAD ANTHONY WILLIAMS JR.

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to October 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. C to allow the co-conservators to file: (1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341); and (2) Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council form GC-355)...

  • ESTATE OF TODD CUSTER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    FIRST AND FINAL REPORT OF ADMINISTRATOR AND PETITION FOR ITS
    SETTLEMENT, FOR ALLOWANCE OF STATUTORY COMPENSATION TO
    ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEYS AND FOR FINAL DISTRIBUTION.
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF WALLACE EUGENE PLATNER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    REPORT OF SALE AND PETITION FOR ORDER CONFIRMING SALE OF REAL
    PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED. The appraisal is not in the court file.

    ...

  • LIVING TRUST DATED MARCH 31, 2005

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR SETTLEMENT OF FIRST ACCOUNT AND APPROVAL OF TRUSTEE,
    ATTORNEY AND BOND FEES
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF BARBARA G. MAHER

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION TO REMOVE CO-ATTORNEY-IN-FACT AND CONFIRM SUCCESSOR SOLE
    ATTORNEY-IN-FACT AND AWARD OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED

    ...

  • ESTATE OF ROBERT DONALD SLOAN

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE UPON RESIGNATION OF
    TRUSTEE
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to September 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Dept. C to allow the petitioner to file a copy of the trust.

    ...

  • JACKSON STREET WINE WAREHOUSE LLC V. SARAH RUGGIERO, ET AL.

    Aug 08, 2018 |  Napa County

    1) ROCKZILLA’S APPLICATION FOR ORDER DISMISSING VERIFIED FIRST-
    AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT WITH PREJUDICE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Cross-Complainants’ Request for Judicial Notice is
    GRANTED. The Court may take judicial notice of the existence of each document in a court file, but can only take judicia...

  • MAURO GUMPAL V. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL.

    Jun 28, 2018 |  Napa County

    1) DEFENDANT QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER’S DEMURRER TO
    PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT AND MOTION TO STRIKE
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant’s Demurrer is SUSTAINED WITHOUT LEAVE
    TO AMEND. Plaintiff’s Complaint is barred by Code of Civil Procedure section 340.5, which provides: “[i]n an action for i...

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