The Honorable Denise Trager Dvorak

San Bernardino County Superior Court, Department V1

Biography

The Hon. Denise Trager Dvorak is a judge for the Superior Court of San Bernardino County in California. She was elected to the bench in 2016, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Mary Fuller.

Dvorak attended Cuesta College before transferring to Western State University, where she earned a B.A. She then continued her studies at Western State University College of Law, completing her J.D. in 1985.

Dvorak devoted her entire legal career to the Office of the District Attorney of San Bernardino County. During her thirty-year tenure there, she handled criminal cases involving gangs, narcotics, child abuse, and homicides. Rising through the ranks, she became a supervising deputy district attorney, responsible for managing the Juvenile Division, the Adult Criminal Division, and the Training & Staff Development Division. She was also tasked with supervising attorneys assigned to asset forfeiture, child abduction, insurance fraud, cold case homicide, and consumer and environmental protection cases.

Through this experience, she became a state-wide mentor for the California District Attorneys Association. As an active participant in the Child Death Review Team and the Domestic Violence Death Review Team, she created San Bernardino County’s first Child Abuse Investigation Manual. She also served as a coordinator for the county’s Family Violence Unit, and she was instrumental in the establishment of its Animal Cruelty Task Force, designing the first animal cruelty investigation policy in the county.

Dvorak was born and raised in Paso Robles, California, graduating from Paso Robles High School in 1973. She has lived in Highland, California since 1991. Her husband is a retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Captain, and her son has served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

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