The Hon. Jill C. Fannin is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. In April 2003 she was appointed to the bench by former California Governor Gray Davis to replace the Hon. Michael R. Coleman. She was automatically re-elected in 2010 after running unopposed.
Judge Fannin earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She later received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.
After law school, she entered private practice working at a number of law firms. First Fannin handled insurance issues at Kornblum & Associates from 1987 to 1989. She then worked at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon from 1989 to 1993. Judge Fannin then moved to Farrow Bramson from 1993 to 1998. In 1998 she started working at Morison-Knox, Holden, Melendez & Prough where she stayed until 2000. From 2000 to her appointment Fannin was a mediator at JAMS.
Since joining the bench Judge Fannin has presided over both civil and criminal matters as well as the juvenile court. One notable case Fannin presided over was the misconduct case against former Contra Costa County, California Superior Court Judge Bruce C. Mills.
Colleagues say Fannin brings a good temperament to the bench.
She is the former President of the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and a participant in the Robert G. McGrath Inns of Court. Fannin is also a former member of California Woman Lawyers and Consumer Attorneys of California.
Judge Fannin's father the Hon. Coleman Fannin is a retired judge himself. She describes her childhood as steeped in the law. As a child, Fannin would bike to the courthouse and watch her father's court proceedings. When the other neighborhood children would hold a mock trial Fannin would often play the judge.
Fannin is married with three children.
She is a Democrat.
J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley
Mediator at JAMS (2000 to 2003)
Associate Attorney at Morison-Knox, Holden, Melendez & Prough in Alameda County, California (1987 to 2000)
Associate Attorney at Farow & Bramson in San Francisco County, California (1993 to 1998)
Associate Attorney at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon in San Francisco County, California (1989 to 1993)
Associate Attorney at Guy Kornblum & Associates in San Francisco County, California (1987 to 1989)