The Honorable Victoria I. Shanahan

Mendocino County Superior Court, Department Courtroom B


The Hon. Victoria I. Shanahan is a judge for the Mendocino County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019, after the retirement of the Hon. David A. Riemenschneider (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Shanahan graduated with her B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University in 1993. Prior to attending law school, she worked for five years as a chemist and supervisor in the Inorganics Department at NET Pacific, Inc. She went on to earn a J.D. from Empire College School of Law in 2001.

Shortly after graduating from law school, Shanahan began her legal career as a deputy district attorney in Mendocino County. She was quickly promoted to chief deputy district attorney, and her caseload ranged from misdemeanors to murder cases. In 2007, she was hired on at the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked as a deputy district attorney for seven years. While there, Shanahan helped prosecute cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and vehicular homicide. Then, in 2008, she was transferred to the Gang Unit, where she prosecuted gang-related homicide cases while also serving as the unit’s team leader.

After an unsuccessful bid for election to the District Attorney position in Sonoma County, Shanahan left the public arena to enter into private practice. She briefly practiced as an associate at Adams Fietz Law Firm (2014 to 2015) before going into solo practice at her own law firm. She would maintain her law practice until her appointment to the bench.

While on the Superior Court, Judge Shanahan has presided over a criminal misdemeanors and infractions and misdemeanor early resolution calendar.

She was born and raised in Willits, California. Her husband works as a Deputy Sheriff in Sonoma County.

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