The Honorable Thierry Patrick Colaw

Orange County Superior Court

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The Hon. Thierry Patrick Colaw was a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in Orange County, California. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Pete Wilson on August 21, 1997, and was sworn into office on October 14, 1997. He was replaced in 2018.

Colaw received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 1974 and his J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1977.

Colaw is a Vietnam War veteran and served with the U.S. Navy.

2003: Judge of the Year, Business Trial Lawyer Section of Orange County Bar Association
2000: Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates
1999: Judicial Civility Award, Robert J. Banyard Inn of

2006-2018: Member, Executive Committee of the Orange County Superior Court
1989-1992: Member, California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice
1983: President, Orange County Barristers
1982-1996: Member, Board of Directors, Orange County Bar Association
Past president, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association


  • Juris Doctor from University of Santa Clara School of Law (1977)
  • Undergraduate from University of California, Los Angeles (1974)


  • Partner at Hunt, Colaw & Adams, Inc. in Santa Ana, Orange County (1979 to 1997)
  • Attorney at Private Practice (1977 to 1979)