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 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 five day...

  • RUS V. FCA US LLC

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 heari...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. MUNIZ

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 failure to...

  • LYNMAR WINERY V. WRIGHT CONTRACTING

    Oct 3, 2018 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

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

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Elliot Daum

  • DEAS V. G&G

    Sep 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 five day...

  • RUS V. FCA US LLC

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 heari...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. MUNIZ

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

    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 failure to...

  • LYNMAR WINERY V. WRIGHT CONTRACTING

    Oct 3, 2018 |  Judge Elliot Daum |  Sonoma County, CA

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

    ...

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