Honorable Wendy McGuire Coats — Department 17

Biographical Information

  • Education:Pepperdine University School of Law, JDUniversity of Missouri BSEd
  • Pre-bench Legal Experience:
    Partner & Appellate Counsel, Fisher & Phillips LLPPartner, McGuire Coats LLPAssociate, Howrey LLP

    Law Clerk, Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, Central District of California

  • Political Affiliation: Democrat


Judicial Experience

  • 2019-2020: Criminal Division, Pittsburg


Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities

  • Director, Contra Costa County Bar Association (President-Elect, Treasurer)
  • Director, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
  • Parent Representative, Alamo Elementary School Site Council
  • California Women Lawyers, Amicus Committee


Current Civic & Professional Activities

  • District 14 Director (California & Nevada), National Association of Women Judges
  • Pupilage Group Leader, Robert McGrath American Inns of Court


Continuing Legal Education Faculty

Trial Court Judicial Attorney Institute (CJER), March 2020, “Elimination of Bias for Research Attorneys”


Typical weekly schedule

  • Varies





In Limine Motions

File with Madame Clerk as soon as assigned to Dept. 17 for trial.


Decorum & Advice

Professional kindness reflects well on everyone, always.