The Honorable Shelly J. Averill

Sonoma County Superior Court, Department Courtroom 23


The Hon. Shelly J. Averill is a judge on the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Knoel L. Owen.

Averill earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Sonoma State University. She then completed a J.D. from Empire College School of Law in 1996. As a law student, she clerked for the Family Support Division in the Office of the District Attorney of Sonoma County.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Averill worked as a family law attorney in Santa Rosa from 1996 to 2010.

She has taught as a professor of law at Empire College School of Law.

Her memberships have included the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association as well as the Family Law Section of the California Bar Association.

Averill was born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, where she attended Piner High School. Her father was an owner of a San Francisco-based printing company.

She is registered as a Republican.

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