The Honorable Elliot Daum

Sonoma County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Elliot Daum (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. He was elected to the bench in 2000 and retired in 2017.

Daum earned a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University in 1970. During this time, he worked as the in-house director of the Gilead House, a halfway house for former mental health patients. He then completed a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1973.

Daum began his legal career in 1973, first working as an attorney in San Jose. Two years later, he opened his own private practice in Sonoma County, where he handled both civil and criminal matters. During this time, he was instrumental in the creation of a new law designed to protect natural resources in California.

Then, in 1981, Daum accepted a position in the Office of the Public Defender of Sonoma County. He served as a deputy public defender for the next nineteen years, handling complex criminal cases as a member of the Serious Felony Team.

While not presiding over cases, Daum taught in the Department of Communications and the Department of Administration of Justice at Sonoma State University. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Sonoma County.

Daum received local attention after the inauguration of President Donald Trump when he placed an orange in the space he had previously reserved for a portrait of former President Barack Obama.

Raised in Washington, D.C., Daum has been a longtime supporter of Democratic candidates and causes.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Elliot Daum

Recent Rulings by Hon. Elliot Daum