The Honorable Nancy E. Zeltzer

Orange County Superior Court, Department C55


The Hon. Nancy E. Zeltzer is a judge on the Superior Court of Orange County in California. She was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2014, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Nho Trong Nguyen.

Zeltzer earned a B.A. from Western State University, where she studied drama and art. She continued her studies at Western State University College of Law, receiving a J.D. in 1977.

Zeltzer began her legal career in 1978 working as an associate at Ruston and Nance until 1981. She spent the next two years serving as a deputy attorney in the Legal Division of the California Department of Transportation. In 1983, she returned to Ruston and Nance for four more years. She then joined Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard, and Smith in 1987, where she worked as an associate before becoming a partner in the Labor and Employment Practices group in 2006.

She is registered to vote as a Democrat.

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