The Honorable Stephen P. Freccero

Marin County Superior Court, Department Courtroom A

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Biography

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.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Stephen P. Freccero

  • ALFRED KING AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICER HAN, ET AL

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: HEARING ON DEMURRER ~ TO PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT [DEFT] LIEUTENANT ERNST RULING Defendant Ernst’s demurrer to the second cause of action is sustained with leave to amend. The face of the complaint indicates that Plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. “. ., Administrat...

  • J O SUE BETANCOURT AND TRANSPORTATION BROKERAGE SPECIALIST, INC,

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — ARBITRATION OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, TO STRIKE THE CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS AND STAY THE PROCEEDINGS [DEFT] TRANSPORTATION BROKERAGE SPECIALIST, INC., A CA CORP. RULING The Motion to Compel Arbitration is DENIED. Defendant's alternative Motion to Strike the Class Ac...

  • TERRY A, AQUILINO VS. NANCY BARBOUR

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: 1) NOTICE OF MOTION — MOTION FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO CCP 1033.5(A)(10)[DEFT} NANCY BARBOUR 2) NOTICE OF MOTION 7 MOTION FOR AWARD OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS [PLTF] GLORIA L, AQUILINO [PLTF] GLORIA L. AQUILINO RULING The court determines that Plaintiff Aquilino was...

  • BARBARA EPIS VS. SCOTT CT JOLLEY

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: HEARING # ORAL ARGUMENT ON BRIEFS RULING In light of the extent of the record in this matter, the court requires additional time to prepare a tentative ruling. The court is continuing the hearing to December 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom A, Parties must comply with Marin County ...

  • ULRIKE STEINBACH AND COUNTY OF MARIN , ET AL

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: NOTICE OF MOTION — AND MOTION FOR DETERMINATION OF GOOD FAITH SETTLEMENT [DEFT] COUNTY OF MARIN RULING The unopposed motion of Defendant County of Marin for a determination of good faith settlement is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc. §877.6:) After considering the factors set out in T ech-B...

  • KATHLEEN M. NYE, ET AL VS. DR. MIGUEL DELGADO, ET AL

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: 1) NOTICE OF MOTION — AND MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND COMPLAINT [PLTF] KATHLEEN M. NYE [PLTF] MARK NYE 2) MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [DEFT] MIGUEL DELGADO RULING The motion for leave to file a Third Amended Complaint (“TAC”) by Plaintiff Kathleen Nye (“Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of C...

  • PAUL C. HAMILTON VS. CORRECTIONAL OFFICER S. ARANA, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION ~ FOR ORDER AWARDING COSTS [DEFT] S. ARANA [DEFT] L. ROJAS RULING The unopposed motion of Defendants L. Rojas and S. Arana for an award of costs is GRANTED. Defendants are awarded $699.95 in prejudgment costs as set forth in their cost memorandum filed June 30, 2017,

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  • JOSE MANJARES AND STRAWBERRY SHORES APARTMENTS, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO DISMISS [DEFT] WIHMAR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., INC. RULING The Motion to Dismiss of defendant Wihmar Property Management Co., Inc. ("W'Lhmar") is DENIED. Discussion Moving defendant made a sufficient evidentiary showing that Plaintiff Jose Manjares (“Plaintiff’) unreasonably...

  • CONSTANTINE KARNAZES, ET AL VS‘ EVELYN KUNST, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — TO CONTINUE TRIAL [DEFT] EVELYN KUNST [DEFT] EVELYN M: KUNST RULING Appearances required. Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Court Local Rules, Rule 1.10(B) to contest the tentative decision. In the event that no party requests oral argument in accordance with Ru...

  • STEPHEN DEBERRY, ET AL VSI PAUL OFILI

    Nov 12, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO STRIKE — PORTIONS OF PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT [DEFT] PAUL OFILI RULING The unopposed motion of Defendant Ofili to strike portions of the complaint is GRANTED without leave to amend. A motion to strike is appropriate where the complaint or other pleading has not be...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Stephen P. Freccero

  • ALFRED KING AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICER HAN, ET AL

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: HEARING ON DEMURRER ~ TO PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT [DEFT] LIEUTENANT ERNST RULING Defendant Ernst’s demurrer to the second cause of action is sustained with leave to amend. The face of the complaint indicates that Plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. “. ., Administrat...

  • J O SUE BETANCOURT AND TRANSPORTATION BROKERAGE SPECIALIST, INC,

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — ARBITRATION OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, TO STRIKE THE CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS AND STAY THE PROCEEDINGS [DEFT] TRANSPORTATION BROKERAGE SPECIALIST, INC., A CA CORP. RULING The Motion to Compel Arbitration is DENIED. Defendant's alternative Motion to Strike the Class Ac...

  • TERRY A, AQUILINO VS. NANCY BARBOUR

    Dec 3, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: 1) NOTICE OF MOTION — MOTION FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO CCP 1033.5(A)(10)[DEFT} NANCY BARBOUR 2) NOTICE OF MOTION 7 MOTION FOR AWARD OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS [PLTF] GLORIA L, AQUILINO [PLTF] GLORIA L. AQUILINO RULING The court determines that Plaintiff Aquilino was...

  • BARBARA EPIS VS. SCOTT CT JOLLEY

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: HEARING # ORAL ARGUMENT ON BRIEFS RULING In light of the extent of the record in this matter, the court requires additional time to prepare a tentative ruling. The court is continuing the hearing to December 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom A, Parties must comply with Marin County ...

  • ULRIKE STEINBACH AND COUNTY OF MARIN , ET AL

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: NOTICE OF MOTION — AND MOTION FOR DETERMINATION OF GOOD FAITH SETTLEMENT [DEFT] COUNTY OF MARIN RULING The unopposed motion of Defendant County of Marin for a determination of good faith settlement is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc. §877.6:) After considering the factors set out in T ech-B...

  • KATHLEEN M. NYE, ET AL VS. DR. MIGUEL DELGADO, ET AL

    Nov 26, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: 1) NOTICE OF MOTION — AND MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND COMPLAINT [PLTF] KATHLEEN M. NYE [PLTF] MARK NYE 2) MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [DEFT] MIGUEL DELGADO RULING The motion for leave to file a Third Amended Complaint (“TAC”) by Plaintiff Kathleen Nye (“Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of C...

  • PAUL C. HAMILTON VS. CORRECTIONAL OFFICER S. ARANA, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION ~ FOR ORDER AWARDING COSTS [DEFT] S. ARANA [DEFT] L. ROJAS RULING The unopposed motion of Defendants L. Rojas and S. Arana for an award of costs is GRANTED. Defendants are awarded $699.95 in prejudgment costs as set forth in their cost memorandum filed June 30, 2017,

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  • JOSE MANJARES AND STRAWBERRY SHORES APARTMENTS, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO DISMISS [DEFT] WIHMAR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., INC. RULING The Motion to Dismiss of defendant Wihmar Property Management Co., Inc. ("W'Lhmar") is DENIED. Discussion Moving defendant made a sufficient evidentiary showing that Plaintiff Jose Manjares (“Plaintiff’) unreasonably...

  • CONSTANTINE KARNAZES, ET AL VS‘ EVELYN KUNST, ET AL

    Nov 19, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — TO CONTINUE TRIAL [DEFT] EVELYN KUNST [DEFT] EVELYN M: KUNST RULING Appearances required. Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Court Local Rules, Rule 1.10(B) to contest the tentative decision. In the event that no party requests oral argument in accordance with Ru...

  • STEPHEN DEBERRY, ET AL VSI PAUL OFILI

    Nov 12, 2019 |  Judge Stephen P. Freccero |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO STRIKE — PORTIONS OF PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT [DEFT] PAUL OFILI RULING The unopposed motion of Defendant Ofili to strike portions of the complaint is GRANTED without leave to amend. A motion to strike is appropriate where the complaint or other pleading has not be...

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