The Honorable Dana B. Simonds

Sonoma County Superior Court, Department Courtroom 3


The Hon. Dana B. Simonds is a judge for the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2007, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Raymond J. Giordano.

Simonds earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She then completed a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. William Bettinelli (Ret.) of the Superior Court of Sonoma County in 1985. She then worked in a private law firm in Walnut Creek for one year, quickly leaving for one year of service in the Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County.

After returning to Sonoma County, Simonds joined O’Brien, Watters, Davis, Malisch & Piasta. During her tenure there, she handled insurance defense cases and represented clients in business disputes, eventually rising to partner. Then, in 1996, she moved to Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro, Piasta & Morgan, where she specialized in employment, contract, and elder abuse cases.

She has served on the Board of the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, and she has chaired the Sweetheart Ball Committee.

Simonds was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Berkeley, California.

When she is not presiding over cases, she can be found coaching youth soccer. She has also been a volunteer for Canine Companions as well as an active supporter of the Community Action Partnership 20 Women Committee, which raises funds for the Roseland Children’s Health Center.

Simonds is registered as a Republican.

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