Judge Mark R. Forcum | Trellis: Legal Intelligence + Judicial Analytics

The Honorable Mark R. Forcum

San Mateo County Superior Court, Department 8 (website)

Court Info

San Mateo County Superior Court, Department 8 (website)

Clerk phone: (650) 261-­5108


The Hon. Mark R. Forcum is a judge for the Superior Court of San Mateo County in California. He was first elected to the court in 1992.

Judge Forcum's advice to new attorneys is "don’t try to imitate other attorneys. Be yourself in the courtroom. Let your own, positive personality shine through, No. 1. No. 2, try to be more succinct. Try to get to the point quicker and trust that the jurors, in fact, will understand what you are presenting to them."

The judge is involved with the Alliance of California Judges.

He is a Republican.


J.D. from Yale Law School (1979)

Bachelor's degree from Yale University (1976)


Judge at San Mateo County Municipal Court (1987 to 1992)

Attorney at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (1981 to 1987)

Deputy District Attorney at San Mateo County (1980 to 1981)

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