The Honorable Joel R. Wohlfeil

San Diego County Superior Court

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San Diego County Superior Court, Department 73 (website)

Courtroom Clerk: 619-450-7073

Calendar Clerk: 619-450-7006

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The Hon. Joel R. Wohlfeil is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2007 to succeed Raymond Edwards Jr. Wohlfeil was elected to a full term in 2010.

Judge Joel Wohlfeil brings nearly 30 years of legal experience to his work as a Judge in the San Diego Superior Court. He currently presides in a Family Law Assignment in Department 5 of the El Cajon courthouse.

Before his appointment to the bench in 2007, Judge Wohlfeil was in private practice, including 16 years as a principal at Boudreau, Albert & Wohlfeil or its predecessors. His firm participated in the largest pro bono undertaking in the history of the American legal system by representing the families of 4 persons, who perished in 9-11, before a Special Master in New York.

Judge Wohlfeil is a member of the American Judges Association, California Judges Association, San Diego County Judges Association and American Board of Trial Advocates. As a trial lawyer, he received five outstanding trial lawyer awards from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Judge Wohlfeil has lectured on a variety of legal topics and is a frequent participant in Kids Turn, Parents Turn and Kids Court programs.

Judge Wohlfeil earned his JD from Western State University College of Law (now known as Thomas Jefferson School of Law), and his BA from Northern Arizona University.

Judge Wohlfeil and his wife have been married for 28 years and have three adult children.


  • Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University
  • J.D from Western State University


  • Judge at Superior Court of San Diego (from 2007)
  • Partner at Boudreau, Albert, and Wohlfeil (1997 to 2007)
  • Associate at Bauman & Wohlfeil (1991 to 1996)