The Honorable D. Tyler Tharpe

Fresno County Superior Court, Department 402


The Hon. D. Tyler Tharpe is a judge for the Superior Court of Fresno County in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2006 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was re-elected in 2008 and again in 2014 after he ran unopposed.

Judge Tharpe received both his B.A. and B.S. from California State University Fresno. He later received a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Following his completion of law school, Judge Tharpe became a partner at the law firm of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton. During his time at the law firm, he specialized in complex civil litigation. Prior to his appointment Tharpe also spent time working as a research attorney for the California Fifth District Court of Appeal.