SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Dec. 12 announced the appointment of Roberta Hayashi to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Roberta Hayashi
Roberta Hayashi

Since 2006, Hayashi, 56, of Los Gatos has been head of the employment law practice and a litigation partner at Berliner Cohen Attorneys at Law, where she was a partner from 1990 to 2000 and an associate from 1982 to 1989. Hayashi was a partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP from 2003 to 2005 and head of the employment law practice at Skjerven Morrill LLP from 2001 to 2003.

She was president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in 2001 and of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 1996.

Hayashi earned a juris doctor degree from the UC Davis School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rene Navarro. Hayashi is a Democrat.

Also appointed to the court were Eric Geffon, 44, of Los Altos, an owner at Geffon and Isger since 2001 and former Santa Clara County deputy public defender; and Cynthia Lie, 46, of Oakland, who has served as an assistant federal public defender at the San Jose Branch of the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Northern District of California since 2003, and was previously a staff attorney at the City and County of San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints.

The compensation for each of these judicial positions is $184,610.

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