The Honorable Lewis A. Davis

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 13


The Hon. Lewis A. Davis is a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. William O'Malley (Ret.).

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Davis graduated with honors with his B.A. in philosophy from Clark University in 1970. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1981.

Davis joined the Alameda County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney in 1984. During his six-year tenure there, he worked in the D.A.'s Homicide Division. Davis then served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California from 1990 until receiving the call to the bench in 2006.

His memberships have included serving as the executive director of the California Juvenile Court Law Revision Commission, and on the planning committee for the Violence Against Women Education Project. He also served on the Diversity on the Bench Contra Costa Committee, where he helped compile a judicial mentoring handbook to help promote diversity.

Davis has also taught on the subjects of Protective Orders and Reducing Lethality in Domestic Violence Cases and Hot Topics in Evidence at the Criminal Law Institute.

While on the bench, Judge Davis has presided in the Criminal Division. Judge Davis expects appearing counsel to be polite, to not interrupt and to not make speaking objections.

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