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The Honorable David W. Abbott

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 39 (website)

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 39 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (916) 874-7584


The Hon. David W. Abbott is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2001 by former governor Gray Davis.

Judge Abbott graduated with his B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1973.

Prior to attending college at UC Berkeley, Abbott enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1968. During his four years of active duty, he served as a second lieutenant assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California, and to the 3rd Marine Divison in Okinawa, Japan. Wood also served as a judge advocate in the JAG Corps where he reached the rank of Captain.

After graduating from law school, Abbott spent 25 years in private practice. During that time, he specialized in professional and products liability, industrial accidents, insurance bad faith, and personal injury cases.

While on the bench, Judge Abbott presided over criminal and civil trials and also served as an assistant presiding judge and as a supervising judge.

He has served on the Court Executive Committee and the Local Rules Committee.

In 2016, he was named the Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Abbott also served as a judge pro tem in mandatory settlement conferences for the local courts, and as an instructor for the California Judicial Education and Research Center.


J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1973)

B.A. from University of California, Berkeley (1970) (English)


Partner at Abbott and Nolen (1996 to 2001)

Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (1990 to 1996)

Partner at Gessford and Abbott (until 1990)

Attorney at Gessford, Sevey, and Alpar in Sacramento County, California (from 1982)

Attorney at Freidberg Law Corporation in Sacramento County, California (1978 to 1982)

Captain at Judge Advocate General's Corps (1974 to 1978)

Second Lieutenant at United States Marine Corps (from 1968)

Instructor at California Judicial Education and Research Center

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