January 26, 2015
Judicial Profiles

Joseph E. Bergeron, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 4
Courtroom 2B
Phone: (650) 261-5104


B.B.A., St. Bonaventure University, 1962 with Honors
J.D., University of California Boalt Hall School of Law, 1968


Officer, United States Army, 1962-1963

Appointment Date:

Elected to Office on June 4, 1996 for a term commencing on January 6, 1997


General Trial Judge

Background & Professional Associations:

Director, San Mateo County Bar Association
President, Director, San Mateo County Barristers Club
President, Director, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
Director, California Trial Lawyers Association
Outstanding Trial Lawyer Chapter President, 1982
State Bar of California: Member, Board of Governors, 1991-1994, and Vice-President, 1994

  • Member: Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation
  • Committee on the Environment
  • Committee on Administration of Justice

Commended by the State Bar of California for providing Pro-Bono legal services
Lecturer: Continuing Education of the Bar; Trial Lawyer Seminars
Lecturer: Center for Judicial Education and Research
San Mateo County Legal Aid Society - Pro-Bono Services

Community Participation:

San Mateo County Planning Commission Member 1983-March 1995; Chair, 1986, 1991 & 1993
President, Italian American Federation, Honored Guest 1982
Member, Parent Teachers Associations
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Troop Scout Master 1964-1965, Presidio of San Francisco
Recipient, Exceptional Leadership and Dedication Award, 1965
Instructor, Business Law at San Mateo County Community College
President, Italian American Bar Association


Please be on time and always be polite.


Richard H. DuBois, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 16
Courtroom 7A
Phone: (650) 261-5116


University of California, Santa Barbara, Undergraduate Degree 1972
Santa Clara Law School, 1975

Appointment Date:

July 2002


Family Law Commissioner

Background & Professional Associations:

Criminal Defense between 1975 and 1985
Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Probate and Trust Administration -1975-2002


Susan Irene Etezadi, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 18
Courtroom 2M
Phone: (650) 261-5118


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1983
University of California, Davis, B.A. 1980

Appointment Date:

September 8, 2006


Presiding Juvenile Court Judge 2010 to present
Presiding Criminal Court Judge, 2009-2010
Family Court Judge, 2008-2009
General Criminal Court Judge, Misdemeanors, Pre-trials, Preliminary Hearings, 2006-2007
Deputy District Attorney, San Mateo County 1984-2006
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1983
University of California, Davis, B.A. 1980
Presenter for the San Mateo County Bar Association, MCLE, Ethics and Bias. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
Facilitator for the 2011 Supervising Judges Institute
Judicial Volunteer for High School Mock Trials (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Judicial Volunteer for Citizens' School (Mock Trial for Grade School Students) (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Judicial Volunteer for East Palo Alto Youth Court (2010, 2011)
Faculty Member-San Francisco Law School 2012-2013-Criminal Procedure Course
Faculty Member, College of San Mateo, 2002-2008, Fall 2012
     Principles and Procedures of the Criminal Justice System
     Laws of Evidence
San Mateo Legal Aid Society, Board Member (2004-2006)
California Women Lawyers, Board Member (2003-2005)
Member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyers' Section (2003-2006)
Instructor, National College of District Attorneys, Advocacy Center, University of South Carolina, Trial Advocacy Courses, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Instructor, California District Attorneys Association, 1989-2003
Instructor for the San Mateo County Basic Dispatcher Academy, 2001, 2002, 2003
Instructor for the College of San Mateo Police Reserve Academy, 1999-2003
Instructor for the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, 1995, 1997, 2002
Instructor for the San Mateo County Police Agencies on Domestic Violence Law and Investigations, 1987-1988
Insurance Fraud Technical Advisor, California District Attorneys Association 2002- 2003
California District Attorneys Association, Insurance Fraud Committee, 2001-2003
California District Attorneys Association, Insurance Fraud, Training sub-Committee, 2001-2003
California District Attorneys Association, Homicide-Special Circumstance Committee, 1997-2001


Robert D Foiles, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 21
Courtroom 2J
Phone: (650) 261-5121
Fax: (650) 363-4698


J.D., University of San Francisco, 1984
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1981

Appointment Date:

February 25, 1997

Present Assignment:

Presiding Judge 2013-2014

Previous Assignments:

Assistant Presiding Judge 2011-2012
Supervising Judge of Family Law 2011-2012
Supervising Judge of Commissioners 2011-2012
Presiding Judge 2007-2008
Assistant Presiding Judge 2005-2006
Supervising Judge 2004-2006, Civil Division, Case Management and A.D.R.
Supervising Judge 2003, Criminal Division
Law & Motion Judge 2005
Criminal Presiding Judge 2000
Family Law Judge 1998-1999

Background & Professional Associations:

Personal: Married. Three children.
Hobbies: Coaching youth sports.


John L. Grandsaert, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 11
Courtroom 2D
Phone: (650) 261-5111


B. S., University of San Francisco, 1974
J. D., Hastings College of the Law, 1977
LL. M., Golden Gate University, 1982

Appointment Date:

December 2, 2004 by Governor Schwarzenegger


Civil and Criminal Trial Judge
Grand Jury Judge (2006-2007)
Criminal Presiding Judge (2007)
Law and Motion Judge (2009)
Bridges Program Judge (2010-2011)
Criminal Supervising Judge (2010-2012)

Background & Professional Associations:

Associate, Hunt & Hunt, 1977 - 1984
Deputy District Attorney, Riverside County, 1984 - 1987
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1985 - 1986
Deputy District Attorney, San Mateo County, 1987 - 2004
Judge Advocate General Corps, U. S. Army Reserve, 1984 - 1993
Co-Author, Chapter 55, Death Cases, CEB Criminal Law Procedure & Practice (1st Ed. Update & 2nd Ed.)
Reported cases handled as trial counsel:
People v. Jacobs (1987) 193 Cal.App. 3d 375;
People v. Johnson (1992) 5 Cal.App.4th 552;
People v. Ceja (1993) 4 Cal.4th 1134;
People v. Collins (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 849;
People v. Cavitt (2004) 33 Cal. 4th 187


Susan L. Greenberg, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 3
Courtroom 6A
Phone: (650) 261-5103


Claremont Men's (McKenna) College, B.A., 1981
Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1984

California Bar Admission:



January 31, 2000

Court Assignments - Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem

Criminal Court (Parole Revocation Hearings), Family Court, Small Claims Court, Traffic Court 2013 to present

Family Court 2012 to 2013

Criminal Court (Misdemeanor Arraignments, Pre-Trials, Motions, Preliminary Hearings), Drug Court, Family Court, Small Claims Court, Traffic Court, Treatment Court, Unlawful Detainer Court, Lanterman-Petris-Short Act Court, Assignments from Master Calendar 2000 to 2012

Professional Work History:

Law Offices of Susan L. Greenberg, Sole Practitioner, 1991 to 2000
Law Offices of Philip H. Schecter, Associate Attorney, 1987 to 1991
San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney, 1984 to 1987

Present Activities

California Judges Association, Member
California Court Commissioners Association, Member - Board of Directors
Kiwanis International, Past Lt. Governor, Past Club President

Previous Activities

San Mateo County Bar Association, Member - Board of Directors and Secretary, Member - Women Lawyers Section
Judge Pro Tem, San Mateo County, Municipal Court and Superior Court
Faculty Member, Golden Gate University
Commencement Speaker, Golden Gate University
Attorney Coach, Mock Trial High School Teams, Westmoor and Sequoia High Schools
Service League of San Mateo County, Past President and Member, Board of Directors


Richard Livermore, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 26
Courtroom 2K
Phone: (650) 261-5126


J. D., Santa Clara Law School, 1973
B.A., Stanford University, 1969
M.S., San Jose State University, 1975

Appointment Date:

January 1991 by Governor Deukmejian


Current and Past:
Juvenile Delinquency, Dependency, Adoption & Juvenile Drug Court, General Civil, Adult Drug Court, General Criminal, Family and Domestic Violence Calendars


Administrative Appeals Judge, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, San Francisco
Private Practice as a commercial mediator and arbitrator from 1977 to 1988
Attorney, Department of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, D.C.
Planning and Zoning Counsel for the County of Santa Cruz, California

Personal Information:

Widower, father of three children


Barbara J. Mallach, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 22
Courtroom 8A
Phone: (650) 261-5122


J. D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Washington State University


Current and Past:
Supervising Judge of Commissioners & Judges Pro-Tem,
Bridges Program Judge,
Appellate Department Alternate Judge,
Criminal Presiding Judge,
Drug & Treatment Court Judge,
Trial and Settlement Judge

Background & Professional Associations:

Assistant Executive Director, San Mateo County Bar Association
Assistant Administrator, Private Defender Program
Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco County
Deputy District Attorney, San Mateo County


George A. Miram, Superior Court Judge

Department Information:
Department 28
Courtroom 2F
Phone: (650) 261-5128


J. D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Background & Professional Associations:

Elected Presiding Judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court by his colleagues in 2004, Judge George A. Miram currently serves in that capacity. His term expires in December 2006. He is responsible for the day-to-day assignments and overall operation of the San Mateo County courts. Previously, Judge Miram served as assistant presiding judge for the calendar years 2003 and 2004.

Since his appointment to the San Mateo County bench in March 1995, George A. Miram has handled both criminal and civil assignments.

In 1996-2001, Judge Miram served as one of two civil case management judges for the San Mateo County Superior Court. This service included oversight of the appropriate dispute resolution function of the court, as well as settlement conference functions. Judge Miram has served as chair of the Multi-Option Alternate Dispute Resolution Program, a joint program of the San Mateo County Bar and the Superior Court. Judge Miram served as the courts' sole Law and Motion Judge for the calendar year 2002, deciding all pre-trial civil motions on cases in the San Mateo courts that year. Judge Miram currently heads the Jury Committee of the Superior Court and has served on the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Judge Miram also lectures in the Master's Degree Program in Public Administration at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont in the fields of Administrative and Labor Law.

In the arena of criminal law, Judge Miram is a co-founder of the Bridges Drug Treatment Program; a court sponsored program for recidivist offenders whose primary motivator is drugs. Further, Judge Miram has served as vice-president and board member of the San Mateo County Service League, dedicated to auxiliary services for the incarcerated and their families.

In the Domestic Violence arena, Judge Miram has served three years as a founding board member of CORA, the comprehensive San Mateo County Domestic Violence resource agency and its predecessor agency, Sor Juana Ines. Sor Juana Ines was a domestic violence resource center focusing on the Latino population.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, George Miram served as an attorney in the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office (1982-1985) and the San Mateo County Counsel's Office (1985-1995).


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