The Honorable David A. Hoffer

Orange County Superior Court, Department C42


The Hon. David A. Hoffer is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003, filling a vacancy created by Judge Raymond Ikola’s appointment to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Hoffer completed a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University before earning his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

In 1988 Hoffer began his career as an attorney with Irell & Manella, representing business clients involved in complex litigation. He then joined the Office of the United States Attorney, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California between 1990 and 1995. He spent the next two years working as an attorney with Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth before rejoining the Office of the United States Attorney as a Deputy Chief in 1997.

Hoffer received a special commendation from former FBI Director Louis Freeh in 1998, an award given for his work in obtaining the first life sentence under the federal three-strikes law in the Central District of California.

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