The Honorable Stephen P. Freccero

Marin County Superior Court, Department Courtroom A


The Hon. Stephen P. Freccero is a judge for the Marin County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Lynn Duryee (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Freccero graduated with his B.A. in religion from Wesleyan University in 1980. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1987. Freccero also received his LL.M. in comparative European and international law from the European University Institute in Italy in 1994. While in Italy, he researched comparative criminal law as a Fulbright Scholar for a year beginning in 1992.

After graduating from law school, Freccero served as a clerk for the Hon. Samuel Conti with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Then, after a brief stint as an associate at Morrison and Foerster LLP in 1988, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California in 1989, where he served as an assistant U.S. Attorney. During his nine-year tenure with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Freccero specialized in securities, bank fraud, bombings, weapons violations, civil rights violations, extortion, robbery, counterfeiting, and narcotics cases. He was also appointed by the former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, in 1996, to serve on the UNABOM prosecution team tasked with prosecuting the notorious Unabomber, Theodore John Kaczynski. During the investigative phase of the Unabomber's crimes, Freccero also served on the multi-agency UNABOM Task Force. He remained with the U.S. Attorney's Office until 1998.

Freccero then left the public sector to rejoin Morrison and Foerster as of counsel in their litigation department. Two years later, Freccero was named a partner at the firm. He remained in that capacity until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015. During his seventeen-year tenure with the firm, Freccero specialized in criminal defense and business-related civil litigation.

He has also taught European and community law as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

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