The Honorable Patrick M. Broderick

Sonoma County Superior Court

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Sonoma County Superior Court, Department Courtroom 16 (website)

Clerk phone: (707) 521­-6729

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Hon. Pat Broderick is a judge for the Sonoma County Superior Court. He was elected to the court in November 2010 and joined the court in January 2011 to succeed Elaine Rushing.

Known to be the longest serving Dean of Empire Law School, Broderick is also famous for his singing prowess. He once sang his closing argument to a jury.

Before becoming Dean, he was a trial attorney with a wide array of experience in civil practice, including but not limited to construction defect litigation, business litigation, wrongful death, real property disputes, and personal injury. Aside from that, Broderick believes that the resolution of cases does not always have to end up in litigation. Hence, he served as a mediator and arbitrator on numerous occasions.

Earlier in his legal career, he clerked for state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who was six years his senior in law school. Thereafter, he was made a partner only within five years after signing in with O'Brien Watters & Davis.


  • J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Bachelor's Degree from Santa Clara University


  • Dean at Empire College School of Law (1997 to 2010)
  • Attorney at O’Brien, Watters & Davis in Santa Rosa