Judge Patrick J. Mahoney, who has presided over San Francisco's Dependency Drug Court since October 2011, will retire at the end of this month. The DDC Team thanks him for his leadership and commitment.
San Francisco Superior Court Press Release
RELEASE DATE: January 3, 2013
JUDGE PATRICK J. MAHONEY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM SF BENCH
Supervising Judge of Unified Family Court to Retire After Nearly 13 Years on the Bench
Patrick J. Mahoney, a veteran member of the San Francisco Superior
Court bench who has served in numerous leadership positions at the
Court, will retire effective January 18, 2013.
member of the Court’s Executive Committee for 10 years, Judge Mahoney
most recently has served as the Supervising Judge of the Unified Family
Court since 2010. On the statewide level, Judge Mahoney has been a
member of the Judicial Council of California Juvenile Justice Education
Committee and has been a frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics.
During his judicial career, Judge Mahoney presided in the civil Law
& Motion department, and served as the presiding judge of the
Juvenile Division. He also presided over felony and misdemeanor trials
and preliminary hearings in the Criminal Division.
has been rewarding for me to serve the citizens of the City &
County of San Francisco for nearly 13 years,” Judge Mahoney said. “I am
especially proud of the contribution I have made in the area of helping
families and children in crisis. It has been an honor to serve with so
many dedicated and experienced jurists in San Francisco.”
to his March 2000 appointment to the bench, Judge Mahoney had amassed
more than 30 years of complex civil litigation experience. He served as
the Chief Trial Deputy of the City & County of San Francisco from
1992 to 2000 where he oversaw San Francisco’s civil litigation. He was
the lead trial counsel in several major cases, including the recovery of
nearly $200 million for cities and counties in California.
entering public service, Judge Mahoney headed the securities litigation
group at the San Francisco law firm of Cooley LLP, where he also was
vice chair of the litigation department and a member of the firm’s
management committee. He joined the firm in 1972 after beginning his law
career in 1969 in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in antitrust
Judge Mahoney has been an active
participant in community affairs, having served on the boards of the
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, the Juvenile Detention Alternative
Initiative, Legal Community Against Violence, the Association of
Business Trial Lawyers and College Preparatory School.
graduate of Stanford University who was a Coro Foundation Fellow in
public affairs, Judge Mahoney received his J.D. degree from the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Judge Mahoney’s retirement leaves six vacancies on the 52-member San Francisco Superior Court bench.