The Honorable Theodore C. Zayner

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 6

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The Hon. Theodore C. Zayner is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Rodney J. Stafford.

Zayner earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1979. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1983.

He began his legal career in 1983. He first joined Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley. During his fifteen-year tenure there, he worked as an associate, eventually becoming a partner. Then, in 1998, he moved to Sandall & Penrose, where he practiced as an associate until 2003. He spent the next two years as a managing attorney with Forge & Zayner before starting his own private practice as a sole practitioner. Then, just prior to his appointment to the bench, he accepted a position as an associate with Adleson, Hess & Kelly.

His memberships have included the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Fair Election Practices Commission. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

He was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association in 2016.

Zayner was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep.

He is registered as decline-to-state.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Theodore C. Zayner

Recent Rulings by Hon. Theodore C. Zayner

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