The Honorable Jill H. Talley

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 122


The Hon. Jill H. Talley is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2017 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Robert C. Hight (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Talley received her B.A. from Rutgers University. She went on to earn her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1995.

Talley began her legal career in private practice, working for the firms of Hornberger and Criswell as an associate from 1994 to 1996, and the erstwhile Feldman and Shaffery as an associate from 1996 to 1998. The firm would become Feldman and Talley LLP, where she would serve as a partner for one year. She also served a four-year stint as an associate at Loeb and Loeb LLP from 1999 to 2002.

Talley would then leave the private sector to join the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General in 2002, where she would start out as a deputy attorney general. During her tenure there, Talley would be promoted to the position of supervising deputy attorney general in 2012.

A year later, Talley left the A.G.'s office after then-governor Brown appointed her to serve as chief counsel at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. She would hold that position until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2017.

Talley also taught as an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento beginning in 2011.

Some of her memberships have included the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and the Sacramento County Bar Association.

While on the bench, Judge Talley has presided over the Family Law Department.

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