The Hon. Theodore C. Zayner is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Rodney J. Stafford.
Zayner earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1979. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1983.
He began his legal career in 1983. He first joined Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley. During his fifteen-year tenure there, he worked as an associate, eventually becoming a partner. Then, in 1998, he moved to Sandall & Penrose, where he practiced as an associate until 2003. He spent the next two years as a managing attorney with Forge & Zayner before starting his own private practice as a sole practitioner. Then, just prior to his appointment to the bench, he accepted a position as an associate with Adleson, Hess & Kelly.
His memberships have included the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Fair Election Practices Commission. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
He was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association in 2016.
Zayner was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep.
He is registered as decline-to-state.
J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1983)
B.A. from Stanford University (1979) (Economics)
Associate at Adleson, Hess & Kelly in Santa Clara County, California (2009 to 2009)
Sole Practitioner at Private Practice in Santa Clara County, California (2005 to 2009)
Managing Attorney at Forge & Zayner in Santa Clara County, California (2003 to 2005)
Associate at Sandall & Penrose in Santa Clara County, California (1998 to 2003)
Partner at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley in Santa Clara County, California (1983 to 1998)