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The Honorable Daniel A. Ottolia

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 4 (website)

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Riverside County Superior Court, Department 4 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (951) 777-3073


The Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Ottolia received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University.

Ottolia would serve briefly as a Riverside County deputy district attorney before becoming a named partner at Shafer, Hiskey, and Ottolia in 1985. After ten years with the firm, he hung out his own shingle in 1995, entering into solo practice, where he would remain until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.

While on the bench, Judge Ottolia became embroiled in a controversial decision involving the California End of Life Option. The legislation, which had been voted into state law in 2016, allowed for physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients who only had a few months to live. In May 2018, Judge Ottolia threw out the state law (after refusing to do so in 2016) on the grounds that lawmakers illegally enacted the law through a special session and was therefore unconstitutional at the time that it was approved. In June of that same year, the California Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal allowed the law to stay in effect while it considered the case.


B.A. from University of California, Irvine

J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center


Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (1995 to 2010)

Partner at Shafer, Hiskey and Ottolia (1985 to 1995)

Deputy District Attorney at Riverside County District Attorney's Office in Riverside County, California (1984 to 1985)

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