The Honorable Nona L. Klippen

Santa Clara County Superior Court,


The Hon. Nona L. Klippen is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on November 17, 2015, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Kurt E. Kumli.

Klippen earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College. She then completed a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1988.

She began her legal career in 1987. She first worked as a law clerk in the Law Offices of Gerald C. Sterns. Then, in 1989, she joined the Office of the Public Defender of Santa Clara County. Over the course of her fifteen-year tenure there, she served as the supervising attorney of the Felony Trial Team and the Research Division, the co-supervising attorney of the Juvenile Division, the acting assistant public defender, as well as the assistant public defender.

Klippen is registered as a Democrat.

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