The Honorable Elliot Daum

Sonoma County Superior Court, Department retired

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Biography

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

  • DEAS V. G&G

    Sep 10, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendant’s motion to compel responses to its supplemental interrogatory and supplemental request for production of documents is GRANTED. Plaintiff is ORDERED to provide full and complete verified responses, without objections, within ten (10) days of service of the Court’s final ruling. Defendant’s reques...

  • PORTFOLIO RECOVERY V. WELDON

    Sep 10, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to Vacate Judgment GRANTED. The judgment is hereby vacated and the matter is dismissed without prejudice in accordance with the request in the notice of motion.
    The prevailing party is to prepare an order conforming with the order of the Court, submitting it to the opposing party for review fiv...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. MUNIZ

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s unopposed motion for an order that the genuineness of documents and truth of the matters set forth in plaintiff’s first set of Requests for Admissions be deemed admitted is GRANTED.

    ...

  • LERNER & VEIT, PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION V. POWER

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Demurrer OVERRULED.
    The unopposed requests for judicial notice of pleadings and court filings in this action and in a prior action are granted.
    In this case, plaintiff law firm Lerner & Veit (“L&V”) alleges breach of written contract and quantum meruit based on defendant Patricia Power’s alleged ...

  • RUS V. FCA US LLC

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend complaint is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
    The proof of service of the motion shows that it was served by mail five days before the motion was filed and a hearing date assigned. Plaintiff failed to file an amended proof of service demonstrating notice of the assigned ...

  • LEVY V. GOLDRICH & KEST INDUSTRIES, LLC

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by cross-defendants Ann Schibig and Robert Schibig (the “Schibigs”) for determination of good faith settlement in connection with their settlement with defendant/cross-complainant GK Management Co., Inc. (erroneously sued as Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC, “GK”) i...

  • MOLICA V. MCGEE

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for: 1) Plaintiff Cody Molica’s Motion for Relief from Waiver of Jury Trial pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 631; and 2) Molica’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16(c). The Motion for Relief from Waiver of Jury Trial i...

  • MOTT V. RYAN ASSOCIATES

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for cross-defendant Plycem USA LLC’s (“Plycem’s”) motion for determination of good faith settlement in connection with its settlement of $50,000 with defendant/cross-complainant/cross-defendant Ryan Associates (“Ryan”) under Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) sections 877 and 877.6 ...

  • SANCHEZ V. THOMPSON

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendants filed a Notice of Stay of Proceedings on February 4, 2019 indicating that they have filed for bankruptcy. This matter is therefore stayed pursuant to Title 11 United States Code section 362.

    ...

  • PROCONFEGA CORPORATION, BVI V. MEJIA

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    The matter will be continued to February 13, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., in Department 17 to be heard before Honorable Arthur A. Wick.

    ...

  • SEBRING V. MCELROY

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendant McElroy’s motion to set aside default is GRANTED. No further service is required. Defendants shall file their answer on or before February 18, 2019. Defendant McElroy shall submit an order consistent with this ruling and in compliance with Rule of Court 3.1312.

    ...

  • NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLECTION SERVICE, INC V. IMPULSE NETWORK CORPORATION

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff Northern California Collection Service, Inc. (“Plaintiff”), assignee of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, filed a complaint against Impulse Network Corporation (“Defendant”) seeking $68,00.57 plus interest on an open book account and for account stated for insurance premiums for the period o...

  • LEE V. ANGELO

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for plaintiff Timothy Hunt Lee’s (“Plaintiff’s”) motion to compel the deposition of defendant Joe Angelo (“Defendant Angelo”) and for monetary sanctions pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 2025.450 on the basis that Defendant has refused to make himself available ...

  • HAILMICHAEL V. LAFORCE

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for attorney Paul H. Nathan’s motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Yemane Hailemichael pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1362. Attorney Nathan provides a sufficient basis for the Motion to be granted. Attorney Nathan shall submit a written order to the Court consis...

  • DOE V. THORPE

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff John M.R. Doe filed the complaint in this action against Kevin Thorpe, Joseph Filice, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa (the “Diocese”), and the Hanna Boys Center (“HBC”) arising out of alleged abuse by Defendant Thorpe while Plaintiff John M.R. Doe was a minor student at residential facili...

  • RIVERS V. VEOLIA

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by representative plaintiff Tracey Rivers (“Plaintiff”) for final approval of a class action settlement and for his accompanying motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs and award of a service award. The Motions are GRANTED, except that the service award to...

  • LYNMAR WINERY V. WRIGHT CONTRACTING

    Oct 02, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    The motion is granted in its entirety. The moving party shall draft an order consistent with this ruling.

    ...

  • AHLSTROM V. KIRCHNER

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This is a motion by Defendant Daniel W. Kirchner (“Moving Defendant”) for summary judgment and/or adjudication against Plaintiffs Wayne J. Ahlstrom and Amy Ahlstrom (“Plaintiffs”) pursuant to Civil Procedure Code (“CCP”) section 437c on the basis that Plaintiffs are “unable to show that [Moving Defendant] ...

  • MOLICA V. MCGEE

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to Strike Answer As a result of the filing of the verified answer on July 30, 2018, the Motion is DENIED AS MOOT. Motion for Leave Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall file his Second Amended Complaint within ten (10) days of entry of the order granting this Motion. Prev...

  • WITH V. FAY SERVICING, LLC

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Attorney Mohammad Maaz of JT Legal Group’s motion to withdraw as counsel is GRANTED.
    Prevailing party is to submit a proposed order.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Elliot Daum

  • DEAS V. G&G

    Sep 10, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendant’s motion to compel responses to its supplemental interrogatory and supplemental request for production of documents is GRANTED. Plaintiff is ORDERED to provide full and complete verified responses, without objections, within ten (10) days of service of the Court’s final ruling. Defendant’s reques...

  • PORTFOLIO RECOVERY V. WELDON

    Sep 10, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to Vacate Judgment GRANTED. The judgment is hereby vacated and the matter is dismissed without prejudice in accordance with the request in the notice of motion.
    The prevailing party is to prepare an order conforming with the order of the Court, submitting it to the opposing party for review fiv...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. MUNIZ

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s unopposed motion for an order that the genuineness of documents and truth of the matters set forth in plaintiff’s first set of Requests for Admissions be deemed admitted is GRANTED.

    ...

  • LERNER & VEIT, PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION V. POWER

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Demurrer OVERRULED.
    The unopposed requests for judicial notice of pleadings and court filings in this action and in a prior action are granted.
    In this case, plaintiff law firm Lerner & Veit (“L&V”) alleges breach of written contract and quantum meruit based on defendant Patricia Power’s alleged ...

  • RUS V. FCA US LLC

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend complaint is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
    The proof of service of the motion shows that it was served by mail five days before the motion was filed and a hearing date assigned. Plaintiff failed to file an amended proof of service demonstrating notice of the assigned ...

  • LEVY V. GOLDRICH & KEST INDUSTRIES, LLC

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by cross-defendants Ann Schibig and Robert Schibig (the “Schibigs”) for determination of good faith settlement in connection with their settlement with defendant/cross-complainant GK Management Co., Inc. (erroneously sued as Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC, “GK”) i...

  • MOLICA V. MCGEE

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for: 1) Plaintiff Cody Molica’s Motion for Relief from Waiver of Jury Trial pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 631; and 2) Molica’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16(c). The Motion for Relief from Waiver of Jury Trial i...

  • MOTT V. RYAN ASSOCIATES

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for cross-defendant Plycem USA LLC’s (“Plycem’s”) motion for determination of good faith settlement in connection with its settlement of $50,000 with defendant/cross-complainant/cross-defendant Ryan Associates (“Ryan”) under Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) sections 877 and 877.6 ...

  • SANCHEZ V. THOMPSON

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendants filed a Notice of Stay of Proceedings on February 4, 2019 indicating that they have filed for bankruptcy. This matter is therefore stayed pursuant to Title 11 United States Code section 362.

    ...

  • PROCONFEGA CORPORATION, BVI V. MEJIA

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    The matter will be continued to February 13, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., in Department 17 to be heard before Honorable Arthur A. Wick.

    ...

  • SEBRING V. MCELROY

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Defendant McElroy’s motion to set aside default is GRANTED. No further service is required. Defendants shall file their answer on or before February 18, 2019. Defendant McElroy shall submit an order consistent with this ruling and in compliance with Rule of Court 3.1312.

    ...

  • NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLECTION SERVICE, INC V. IMPULSE NETWORK CORPORATION

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff Northern California Collection Service, Inc. (“Plaintiff”), assignee of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, filed a complaint against Impulse Network Corporation (“Defendant”) seeking $68,00.57 plus interest on an open book account and for account stated for insurance premiums for the period o...

  • LEE V. ANGELO

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for plaintiff Timothy Hunt Lee’s (“Plaintiff’s”) motion to compel the deposition of defendant Joe Angelo (“Defendant Angelo”) and for monetary sanctions pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 2025.450 on the basis that Defendant has refused to make himself available ...

  • HAILMICHAEL V. LAFORCE

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for attorney Paul H. Nathan’s motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Yemane Hailemichael pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1362. Attorney Nathan provides a sufficient basis for the Motion to be granted. Attorney Nathan shall submit a written order to the Court consis...

  • DOE V. THORPE

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff John M.R. Doe filed the complaint in this action against Kevin Thorpe, Joseph Filice, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa (the “Diocese”), and the Hanna Boys Center (“HBC”) arising out of alleged abuse by Defendant Thorpe while Plaintiff John M.R. Doe was a minor student at residential facili...

  • RIVERS V. VEOLIA

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by representative plaintiff Tracey Rivers (“Plaintiff”) for final approval of a class action settlement and for his accompanying motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs and award of a service award. The Motions are GRANTED, except that the service award to...

  • LYNMAR WINERY V. WRIGHT CONTRACTING

    Oct 02, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    The motion is granted in its entirety. The moving party shall draft an order consistent with this ruling.

    ...

  • AHLSTROM V. KIRCHNER

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This is a motion by Defendant Daniel W. Kirchner (“Moving Defendant”) for summary judgment and/or adjudication against Plaintiffs Wayne J. Ahlstrom and Amy Ahlstrom (“Plaintiffs”) pursuant to Civil Procedure Code (“CCP”) section 437c on the basis that Plaintiffs are “unable to show that [Moving Defendant] ...

  • MOLICA V. MCGEE

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to Strike Answer As a result of the filing of the verified answer on July 30, 2018, the Motion is DENIED AS MOOT. Motion for Leave Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall file his Second Amended Complaint within ten (10) days of entry of the order granting this Motion. Prev...

  • WITH V. FAY SERVICING, LLC

    Oct 03, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Attorney Mohammad Maaz of JT Legal Group’s motion to withdraw as counsel is GRANTED.
    Prevailing party is to submit a proposed order.

    ...

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