The Hon. William J. Elfving (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1997. During his twenty-year tenure there, he presided in its civil division as well as its family division.
Elfving earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1962. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1965.
After completing law school, Elfving served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967.
He then began his legal career, accepting a position at Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel. During his thirty-year tenure there, he would specialize in civil and family law, handling legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, real estate, broker errors, personal injury, contracts, and family matters.
Elfving has served as the Director of the Santa Clara County Legal Aid Society as well as a Trustee for the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
His memberships have included the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the California Judges Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
He was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association and the John D. Foley Trial Judge of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.
After his retirement from the bench, Elfving worked as an arbitrator and mediator in the JAMS Silicon Valley Resolution Center.