The Honorable Vanessa A. Zecher

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 40


The Hon. Vanessa A. Zecher is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. She was elected to the bench on June 8, 2010.

Zecher earned a B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University in 1984. She then continued her studies at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she received a J.D. in 1987.

She began her legal career in the Office of County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara in 1987. She served there for four years, representing the Department of Family and Children’s Services, the Public Guardian, and the Judges of the Superior Courts.

Then, in 1991, she left the public sector and start her own private practice, a move that would allow her to focus on adoption, guardianship, and family law matters.

Born and raised in Santa Clara County, Zecher is a graduate of Presentation High School.

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