The Honorable David Rosenberg

Yolo County Superior Court, Department 14


The Hon. David Rosenberg is a judge for the Yolo County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

Judge Rosenberg graduated with his B.S. in journalism from California Polytechnic State University in 1968. After graduating from college, Rosenberg joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a first lieutenant and special services officer stationed in Germany. Upon completing his military service in 1970, Rosenberg then continued his education at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1974.

After graduating from law school, Rosenberg clerked for the Hon. Thomas J. MacBride with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California for two years.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Rosenberg spent twenty years in private practice.

He also served extensively in local politics throughout his varied career. Rosenberg served on the Davis City Council, during which time he served two terms as the City's mayor. He was the chief of staff and deputy executive secretary to former Governor Jerry Brown and the senior advisor to former Governor Gray Davis during his term in office. Rosenberg also served as the Supervisor for the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

During his tenure on the bench, Judge Rosenberg served three consecutive terms as the Presiding Judge of the Court. He was also appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to serve as a member of the California Judicial Council, during which time he served as council liaison to the Amador, Colusa, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Solano County Superior Courts. His other judicial assignments have included presiding over the Yolo County Drug Courts, the Appellate Division, and serving as the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division.

Some of his memberships have included serving as an honorary member of the Davis Rotary and past-president of the Davis Odd Fellows.

He also authored a science fiction novel.

Judge Rosenberg was born in Bavaria, Germany. His parents, Fay and Harry Rosenberg, were survivors of the Holocaust. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1949, at the age of three, and he became a U.S. citizen in 1954.

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