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The Honorable Ksenia Tsenin

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Ksenia Tsenin (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. She was elected to the Municipal Court of San Francisco County in November 1996. She was elevated to the Superior Court of San Francisco County upon the unification of municipal and superior courts in 1998.

Tsenin earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1970. She then received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1973.

She began her legal career as an attorney in the Law Offices of Dimitri Ilyn in 1973. Ten years later, she left the firm and started her own private practice, where she worked as an attorney until 1996. During her tenure in private practice, Tsenin specialized in personal-injury suits and civil cases.

Tsenin was the second openly lesbian judge to serve on the Superior Court of San Francisco County.

She was born in Shanghai, China to Russian parents. They moved to San Francisco, California when she was eight years old.

Education

J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law (1973)

Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University (1970)

Career

Attorney at Law Offices of Dimitri Ilyn in San Francisco County, California (1973 to 1983)

Attorney at Law Offices of K. Tsenin in San Francisco County, California (1983 to 1996)

Judge at Municipal Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1996 to 1998)

Judge at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1998 to 2017)

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