The Hon. Laurel S. Brady is a judge on the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. She was appointed to the Richmond Municipal Court by former Governor Pete Wilson in October 1996. Later, in 1998, she was elevated to the Superior Court following court unification. She was automatically re-elected in 2010 after running unopposed.
Judge Brady attended the University of California, San Diego, where she received her B.A. in history. She later went to Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco, California, where she received her J.D.
Brady began her legal career as a law clerk for the Superior Court of Marin County as well as the Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the Attorney General of California. Then, in 1989, she joined the Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County as a deputy district attorney. The following year, she transferred to the Office of the District Attorney of Solano County, where she served as a deputy district attorney until her appointment to the bench. At this time, her last name was Lindenbaum.
Judge Brady prefers courtesy copies to be delivered to her chambers. She reads briefs carefully, checking citations in court. As such, she finds boiler-plate briefs less than helpful. She also recommends that attorneys be thoroughly prepared. They should be familiar enough with their cases that they can anticipate new issues. She suggests that attorneys observed more experienced attorneys, studying their methods and their techniques.