The Honorable Jill C. Fannin

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 21

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Biography

The Hon. Jill C. Fannin is a judge for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in April 20013, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Michael R. Coleman. She was automatically re-elected in 2010 after running unopposed.

Fannin earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She later received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

She began her legal career in 1987, practicing with a number of different law firms throughout San Francisco and Walnut Creek. She started with Guy Kornblum & Associates, where she handled insurance cases. She then worked at Bronson, Bronson &McKinnon from 1989 to 1993, Farrow Bramson from 1993 to 1998, and Morison-Knox, Holden, Melendez & Prough from 1998 to 2000. Then, just prior to her appointment to the bench, Fannin worked a mediator at JAMS from 2000 to 2003.

Over the course of her judicial career, Fannin has presided over both civil and criminal matters as well as the juvenile court. One notable case was the misconduct case against former Contra Costa County, California Superior Court Judge Bruce C. Mills.

Fannin has served as President of the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Her memberships have included the Robert G. McGrath Inns of Court, California Woman Lawyers, and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Her father is the Hon. Coleman Fannin (Ret.). As a child, she would often bike to the courthouse to watch her father's court proceedings.

Fannin is married with three children.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Jill C. Fannin

  • JAMES VS. ARATA

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND ATTORNEY FEES

    FILED BY MICHAEL THEODORE ARATA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant Michael Theodore Arata’s motion to strike is granted as to attorney fees and denied as to punitive damages. Defendant shall file and serve his answer by Sep...

  • MANOLO RODAS VS. UST TESTING SERVICES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE 1st Amended ANSWER

    FILED BY JAIME OCHOA BAROJAS, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant’s motion for leave to file the first amended answer is granted. Defendant shall file and serve the amended answer within ten days of this hearing.

    ...

  • MECHANICS BANK VS. ORION PACIFIC

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO ESTABLISH PACA CLAIMS PROCEDURE

    FILED BY SUNKIST GROWERS, INC.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Sunkist’s motion to establish a PACA trust claims procedure is granted, with the details to be worked out as set forth below. The court agrees that a claims procedure is appropr...

  • NIEMIREA VS. ESTATE OF SCOTT SHEPHERD

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The minor’s compromise is approved. The court will sign the order provided.

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY JOHN L. VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer of John Valentine is sustained, without leave to amend for the reasons stated in line 3. (CCP § 430.10 (e).) If plaintiffs contest this tentative ruling to request leave to ame...

  • LONE TREE VS. CHAN

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO CORRECT CLERICAL ERROR IN ORDER

    FILED BY LONE TREE ESTATES OWNERS ASSOCIATION

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Vacated.

    ...

  • MUNSON VS. THE KROGER CO.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM INVOLUNTARY DISMISSAL

    FILED BY DWIGHT MUNSON

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff counsel’s motion for relief of involuntary dismissal is granted pursuant to CCP 437(b).

    It is apparent that counsel has failed to take the time to obtain the actual...

  • BAKER VS. BULL

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    SMALL CLAIMS COURT TRIAL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This matter is returned to Department 54 for small claims court trial on October 9, 2020 at 1:15 PM in Richmond.

    ADD-ON

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ZLAJ INVESTMENTS, LLC, WHITNEY VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    ZLAJ’s demurrers to the First and Second Causes of Action of the Fifth Amended Complaint are overruled. Its demurrer to the Third Cause of Action of the Fifth Amended...

  • ANDREW VS. HODGES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION OF ISSUES

    FILED BY MADELINE ANDREW, M.D.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the court is a motion for summary adjudication (“MSA”) in a legal malpractice case. Plaintiff Madeline Andrew, M.D. (“Plaintiff” or “Dr. Andrew”) brings the motion pursua...

  • MITCHELL VS. BROWN

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE 2nd Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY CAROL ROSE MITCHELL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Unopposed motion for leave to file second amended complaint is granted. Plaintiff shall file and serve the SAC within ten days of this hearing.

    ...

  • F. KEWELL VS. T. KEWELL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE

    FILED BY PLAINTIFF

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Craig Keller’s application to be admitted pro hac vice as counsel for plaintiff is granted.

    ...

  • WATERHOUSE VS. CREAVATION VENTURES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT & DEFAULT JUDGMENT

    FILED BY ADAM WATERHOUSE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s motion to set aside the default is granted pursuant to CCP 473(b). The court converts the prove-up hearing, now set for November 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., into a CMC. Pl...

  • HATCH VS. AVALONBAY

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO QUASH DEPOSITION SUBPOENAS

    FILED BY DAKOTAH HATCH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to quash is granted in part and denied in part.

    The court agrees that the subpoenas are quite broad. But plaintiff’s ongoing complaints are equally broad. She was diagnose...

  • HENRY VS. GLADSTONE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY HAYES R. GLADSTONE M.D.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant’s demurrer to the Second Cause of Action, as stated in the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), is overruled. Defendant shall file an answer on or before October 1, 2020. The Se...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY WHITNEY VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Whitney Valentine’s demurrer to the Third Cause of Action of the Fifth Amended Complaint is sustained, without leave to amend for the reasons stated in line 3. (CCP § 430.10 (e).) If plaint...

  • STARS HOLDING CO. LLC VS. MEHRABI

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO COMPLAINT of STARS HOLDING CO., LLC

    FILED BY KARIM MEHRABI, GHOLAM HOSSEIN BAIG

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Taken off calendar. First Amended Complaint filed 8/21/20.

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY DOUGLAS PANKEY

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The court rules as follows on Douglas Pankey’s Motion to Strike:

    1, 3, and 4 - Denied. Civil Code section provides a privilege against liability, not an evidentiary or...

  • BULL VS. BAKER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON PETITION FOR RELEASE OF PROPERTY FROM LIEN

    FILED BY DELYA BULL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued by stipulation to October 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

    ...

  • HATCH VS. AVALONBAY

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO QUASH DEPOSITION SUBPOENAS

    FILED BY DAKOTAH HATCH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued by the court to September 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    ...

  • HENSON VS. SOSINE

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ANDREA SOSINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Unopposed motion for leave to file first amended cross-complaint is granted. The new cross- complaint should be filed within 10 days of this hearing.

    ...

  • HERNANDEZ VS. DEJESUS

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The minor’s compromise is approved. The Court will sign the order provided.

    ...

  • KALNOKI VS. TSANG

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

    FILED BY DR. MICHAEL BROWN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued to December 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM per ex parte application and order.

    ...

  • GUPTA VS. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS

    FILED BY NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This is wrongful foreclosure case. On November 4, 2019 Plaintiff Praveen Gupta filed a complaint against Defendant Nationstar Mortgage for (1) negligence, (2) breach of contract, ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Jill C. Fannin

  • JAMES VS. ARATA

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND ATTORNEY FEES

    FILED BY MICHAEL THEODORE ARATA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant Michael Theodore Arata’s motion to strike is granted as to attorney fees and denied as to punitive damages. Defendant shall file and serve his answer by Sep...

  • MANOLO RODAS VS. UST TESTING SERVICES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE 1st Amended ANSWER

    FILED BY JAIME OCHOA BAROJAS, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant’s motion for leave to file the first amended answer is granted. Defendant shall file and serve the amended answer within ten days of this hearing.

    ...

  • MECHANICS BANK VS. ORION PACIFIC

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO ESTABLISH PACA CLAIMS PROCEDURE

    FILED BY SUNKIST GROWERS, INC.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Sunkist’s motion to establish a PACA trust claims procedure is granted, with the details to be worked out as set forth below. The court agrees that a claims procedure is appropr...

  • NIEMIREA VS. ESTATE OF SCOTT SHEPHERD

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The minor’s compromise is approved. The court will sign the order provided.

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY JOHN L. VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer of John Valentine is sustained, without leave to amend for the reasons stated in line 3. (CCP § 430.10 (e).) If plaintiffs contest this tentative ruling to request leave to ame...

  • LONE TREE VS. CHAN

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO CORRECT CLERICAL ERROR IN ORDER

    FILED BY LONE TREE ESTATES OWNERS ASSOCIATION

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Vacated.

    ...

  • MUNSON VS. THE KROGER CO.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM INVOLUNTARY DISMISSAL

    FILED BY DWIGHT MUNSON

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff counsel’s motion for relief of involuntary dismissal is granted pursuant to CCP 437(b).

    It is apparent that counsel has failed to take the time to obtain the actual...

  • BAKER VS. BULL

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    SMALL CLAIMS COURT TRIAL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This matter is returned to Department 54 for small claims court trial on October 9, 2020 at 1:15 PM in Richmond.

    ADD-ON

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ZLAJ INVESTMENTS, LLC, WHITNEY VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    ZLAJ’s demurrers to the First and Second Causes of Action of the Fifth Amended Complaint are overruled. Its demurrer to the Third Cause of Action of the Fifth Amended...

  • ANDREW VS. HODGES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION OF ISSUES

    FILED BY MADELINE ANDREW, M.D.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the court is a motion for summary adjudication (“MSA”) in a legal malpractice case. Plaintiff Madeline Andrew, M.D. (“Plaintiff” or “Dr. Andrew”) brings the motion pursua...

  • MITCHELL VS. BROWN

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE 2nd Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY CAROL ROSE MITCHELL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Unopposed motion for leave to file second amended complaint is granted. Plaintiff shall file and serve the SAC within ten days of this hearing.

    ...

  • F. KEWELL VS. T. KEWELL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE

    FILED BY PLAINTIFF

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Craig Keller’s application to be admitted pro hac vice as counsel for plaintiff is granted.

    ...

  • WATERHOUSE VS. CREAVATION VENTURES

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT & DEFAULT JUDGMENT

    FILED BY ADAM WATERHOUSE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s motion to set aside the default is granted pursuant to CCP 473(b). The court converts the prove-up hearing, now set for November 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., into a CMC. Pl...

  • HATCH VS. AVALONBAY

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO QUASH DEPOSITION SUBPOENAS

    FILED BY DAKOTAH HATCH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to quash is granted in part and denied in part.

    The court agrees that the subpoenas are quite broad. But plaintiff’s ongoing complaints are equally broad. She was diagnose...

  • HENRY VS. GLADSTONE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY HAYES R. GLADSTONE M.D.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Defendant’s demurrer to the Second Cause of Action, as stated in the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), is overruled. Defendant shall file an answer on or before October 1, 2020. The Se...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY WHITNEY VALENTINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Whitney Valentine’s demurrer to the Third Cause of Action of the Fifth Amended Complaint is sustained, without leave to amend for the reasons stated in line 3. (CCP § 430.10 (e).) If plaint...

  • STARS HOLDING CO. LLC VS. MEHRABI

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO COMPLAINT of STARS HOLDING CO., LLC

    FILED BY KARIM MEHRABI, GHOLAM HOSSEIN BAIG

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Taken off calendar. First Amended Complaint filed 8/21/20.

    ...

  • CASILIO VS. VALENTINE

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF 5th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY DOUGLAS PANKEY

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The court rules as follows on Douglas Pankey’s Motion to Strike:

    1, 3, and 4 - Denied. Civil Code section provides a privilege against liability, not an evidentiary or...

  • BULL VS. BAKER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON PETITION FOR RELEASE OF PROPERTY FROM LIEN

    FILED BY DELYA BULL

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued by stipulation to October 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

    ...

  • HATCH VS. AVALONBAY

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO QUASH DEPOSITION SUBPOENAS

    FILED BY DAKOTAH HATCH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued by the court to September 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    ...

  • HENSON VS. SOSINE

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ANDREA SOSINE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Unopposed motion for leave to file first amended cross-complaint is granted. The new cross- complaint should be filed within 10 days of this hearing.

    ...

  • HERNANDEZ VS. DEJESUS

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The minor’s compromise is approved. The Court will sign the order provided.

    ...

  • KALNOKI VS. TSANG

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

    FILED BY DR. MICHAEL BROWN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Continued to December 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM per ex parte application and order.

    ...

  • GUPTA VS. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE

    Sep 09, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS

    FILED BY NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This is wrongful foreclosure case. On November 4, 2019 Plaintiff Praveen Gupta filed a complaint against Defendant Nationstar Mortgage for (1) negligence, (2) breach of contract, ...

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