The Honorable René Auguste Chouteau

Sonoma County Superior Court

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The Hon. Rene Auguste Chouteau is a judge for the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2001.

Chouteau earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1966. He then continued his studies at Stanford Law School, where he completed a J.D. in 1969.

After graduating from law school, Chouteau began his legal career working for two law firms in the Bay Area.

Then, in 1971, he entered the public sector, accepting a position as a deputy city attorney with the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco. He worked in that capacity for the next six years, eventually leaving to join the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chouteau served as a city attorney for the Office of the City Attorney of Santa Rosa. During his tenure there, he was the chief legal adviser to the City Council, assisting with public housing, community police, and city revitalization initiatives.

Chouteau was born and raised in San Francisco, California. His father and his grandfather were both lawyers. They worked in a San Francisco-based law firm started by his great-grandfather in the 1880s. He is a descendant of the French-American founder of St. Louis, Missouri.

While not presiding over cases, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors. He is an avid surfer and open-water swimmer. He regularly swims in the Russian River near his home, a converted hunting lodge, in Alexander Valley.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. René Auguste Chouteau

Recent Rulings by Hon. René Auguste Chouteau

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