The Honorable Leslie G. Landau

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 24


The Hon. Leslie G. Landau is a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003. She filled the vacancy created by the removal of the Hon. Bruce Van Voorhis from the bench.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Landau received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1980. She went on to earn her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1983.

While in law school, Landau clerked for the Hon. William E. Doyle with the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal for one year. Then, after graduating from law school, she became a partner at the erstwhile McCutchen, Doyle, Brown, and Enersen, where she practiced complex litigation and appellate work. Landau also served as the chair of the firm's Appellate Department. Then, after the firm merged with Bingham Dana, it became Bingham McCutchen where Landau would then serve as a managing partner at the firm's San Francisco office until her appointment to the Superior Court.

While on the bench, Judge Landau has presided in the Juvenile Division.

Landau served on the board of governors for the California Women Lawyers and was the Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She was on the board of directors for the San Francisco Women Lawyers' Alliance and the co-chair of the Northern District Judicial Conference. Her other memberships have included the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Equal Rights Advocates, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Contra Costa Law Library.

She has served as a volunteer judge for the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

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