The Honorable Robert M. LaForge

Sonoma County Superior Court, Department Courtroom 1


The Hon. Robert M. LaForge is a judge for the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Court Commissioner Stephany Joy.

LaForge earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He then completed a J.D. from Western State University College of Law.

He began his legal career in 1996. He first worked as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of San Bernardino County. Two years later, he transferred to the Office of the District Attorney of Sonoma County. He served there for six years, briefly leaving for a short stint as a civil litigator with Mullen and Filippi in 2004. He returned to the Office of the District Attorney later that year, where he would eventually rise to chief deputy district attorney in 2008. He served in that capacity until his appointment, supervising the homicide, gang, and juvenile divisions.

Born and raised in Napa County, LaForge graduated from Justin-Siena High School. He was a resident of Santa Rosa, California at the time of his appointment.

He is registered as a Republican.

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