Hon. Winifred Smith (Ret.)

Judge Smith has always been active in leadership, serving on the Judicial Council assistant presiding judge, presiding judge, supervisor of multiple courthouses and supervisor of the court’s civil division.

Judge Smith has vast experience in a variety of civil cases, including coordinated cases, class actions, PAGA, employment, construction defect and proposition 65 matters. She has presided over many cases presenting questions of first impression.  In her 13 years in civil assignments, Judge Smith tried nearly 100 cases to verdict including the case which resulted in the largest civil award in California. She also sat on assignment in the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four. In addition to her work on the bench, Judge Smith teaches Civil Trial Practice at Berkeley Law School.

Judge Smith is widely respected for her judicial demeanor and ability to manage complex matters to resolution She has been invited to speak on numerous panels to offer her legal expertise and has been honored by many legal organizations for her hard work.


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