The Honorable Steven G. Counelis

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 43


The Hon. Steven G. Counelis is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2010. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Robert J. McIntyre (Ret.).

Judge Counelis graduated magna cum laude with his B.A. in government from the University of San Francisco. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

During college, Counelis served as an intern for the U.S. Supreme Court in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice in Washington, D.C.

Counelis began his legal career as a deputy district attorney. He eventually landed at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in 2002, by way of the Contra Costa, Stanislaus, and Alameda County District Attorney's Offices. He remained in Riverside County until winning the election to the Superior Court. During his tenure there, Counelis specialized in prosecuting identity theft and computer-related crimes and was instrumental in helping to develop the D.A.'s Identity Theft Unit. His expertise in those areas also served as the catalyst for his assignment to lead the D.A.'s Computer Crime Task Force.

Judge Counelis, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from Greece, is a third-generation American. His father, Dr. James Counelis (deceased), was recognized for his work as an Orthodox Christian Scholar.

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