The Hon. Robert O. Amador is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was elected to the bench after defeating Jim Miller in 2012.
Amador earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine. He then received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1982.
Amador began his legal career as a deputy district attorney with the Office of the District Attorney of San Diego County. During his twenty-nine year tenure there, he prosecuted murder, arson, and insurance fraud cases as well as gang crimes and crimes against children. He also served as a law enforcement liaison, providing expert advice on search and seizure, interrogation law, and general legal procedures to local law enforcement organizations.
Amador founded the Drug Endangered Children’s Program. He also led J.U.D.G.E., a task force composed of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and probation officers charged with investigating and prosecuting gang members and violent offenders.
Amador has received the Red Ribbon Award from the San Diego Prevention Coalition. He is also a recipient of the Sheriff’s Meritorious Unit Citation for his work in the Chelsea King investigation.
His memberships have included the California Narcotics Officers Association and the National Latino Police Officers Association.
Amador has lived in San Diego, California since 1979. His wife has worked as a supervisor in the Sheriff’s Communication Center.
In his spare time, he has coached Pop-Warner Football. He has also participated with Tecolote Youth Baseball, serving as its president, treasurer, coach, and historian.