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The Honorable Philip H. Pennypacker

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Philip H. Pennypacker (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Gray Davis on October 9, 2003, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Robert Foley.

Pennypacker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then received a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1972.

Pennypacker began his legal career as a deputy public defender with the Office of the Public Defender of Santa Clara County in 1973. Four years later, he left the Office of the Public Defender to serve as the executive director of the California Public Defenders Association. Then, in 1978, he briefly returned to the Office of the Public Defender before joining the County of Santa Clara as a conflicts administrator in 1980. Six years later, he started his third stint with the Office of the Public Defender, this time serving as its acting public defender.

He then left the public sector, accepting a position as partner at Morgan, Almond, Deacon & Pennypacker in 1987. He worked there for three years before joining Siner, Steinbock, Hofmann & Pennypacker as a partner. Then, in 1997, Pennypacker left the firm to start his own private practice.

Over the course of his judicial career, Pennypacker served on the domestic violence court, eventually becoming the division’s supervising judge. Since retiring from the bench, Pennypacker has served as an assigned judge in Sonoma County.

Pennypacker was born in Huntington Park, California.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Education

J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (1972)

Bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara

Career

Judge at Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County, California (2003 to 2017)

Attorney at Law Practice of Philip H. Pennypacker in Santa Clara County, California (1997 to 2003)

Partner at Siner, Steinbock, Hofmann & Pennypacker in Santa Clara County, California (1990 to 1997)

Partner at Morgan, Almond, Deacon & Pennypacker in Santa Clara County, California (1987 to 1990)

Acting Public Defender at Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County, California (1986 to 1987)

Conflicts Administrator at County of Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California (1980 to 1986)

Deputy Public Defender at Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County, California (1978 to 1979)

Executive Director at California Public Defenders Association in Sacramento County, California (1977 to 1978)

Deputy Public Defender at Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County, California (1973 to 1977)

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