The Honorable Rebecca C. Hardie

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 5


The Hon. Rebecca C. Hardie is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 18, 2010, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Terence L. Bruiniers to Division Five of the First District Court of Appeal.

Hardie earned her B.S. from Western Michigan University. She then completed her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

She began her legal career in 1992. She first worked as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Marin County. She served there for one year before accepting a position as an associate at Pansky, Markle and Drapiewski. Then, in 1994, Hardie returned to the public sector, this time as a probation officer with the United States Probation Office.

Hardie settled into a position as an assistant U.S. attorney with the Office of the United States Attorney in 1996. She served there for eight years, eventually leaving to join the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). While at PG&E, Hardie rose through the ranks, working as counsel, senior counsel, and director.

Hardie is married to Sharon Bunzel, an attorney at O'Melveny and Myers. As such, she was one of the few openly gay judges appointed to the Superior Court of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hardie and her partner have been active supporters of LGBTQ+ legal groups. The couple has three children.

She is registered as a Democrat.

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