Greg Jilka



Contact Information:

829 Sonoma Ave., Suite 4
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4714

Voice: (707) 546-4677, ext. 119

Fax: (707) 576-8182




B.A. degree conferred by Sonoma State University, June 1970. Majors: Mathematics and Psychology; Minor: Physics.

J.D. degree conferred by the School of Law of the University of California at Davis, June 1973. Admitted to the California Bar 1973.

Graduate of B. E. Witkin Judicial College, 2002.

Work Experience:

2003 - present: Private law practice in family law and real estate litigation.

2000 - 2003: Superior Court Commissioner, Marin Superior Court. Assignments included family law and Criminal Calendar including motions, arraignments, bail hearings, court trials, discovery disputes and probation revocation hearings.

1974 - 2000: Private law practice in Sonoma County, California. Experience includes court-appointed criminal cases at both the trial and appellate level, civil and criminal trials at the Municipal and Superior Court levels, law and motion practice, and real estate experience.

Argued and briefed cases before the Supreme Court of California and The United States Supreme Court, including three published family law cases, one criminal case (argued before the Supreme Court of the United States), and one employment rights case.

Found to be "exceptionally well qualified" to hold judicial office by California Women Lawyers. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Over 63% of the Sonoma County Bar Association rated me either "exceptionally well qualified" or "well qualified" to hold judicial office.

Trial experience includes jury trials of up to 7 weeks in real estate and construction cases, and court trials involving construction disputes, family law support issues and contested child custody. Conducted both jury and non-jury trials as a temporary judge and Superior Court Commissioner.

Commended by the board of Governors of the State Bar of California "for outstanding contributions in the delivery of pro bono and low fee legal services."

Reported (published) appellate cases include the following:

Michael M. v. Superior Court (1979) 25 Cal.3d 608

Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County (1981) 450 U.S. 464, 67 L.Ed.2d 437, 202 S.Ct. 1200 (1)   Read and hear Greg's oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In re Marriage of Lackey (1983) 143 Cal.App.3d 698 (2) Martinez v. Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards (1983, N.D. Cal.) 577 F.Supp. 451

Alderson v. Alderson (1986) 180 Cal.App.3d 450 (3)

Murray v. Sonoma County Office of Education (1989) 208 Cal.App.3d 456

In re Marriage of Winter (1992) 7 Cal.App.4th 1926 (4)

In re Marriage of Campi (2013)  212 Cal.App.4th 155

Personal Information:

Resident of Sonoma County, California, for 34 years.

Retired volunteer firefighter after 25 years of service.

Computer literate and familiar with the internet, on line legal research, major word processing, support and Judicial Council forms software.

Plays instrumental music in the Sebastopol Community Band .

Member, California Judge's Association.

In the news:










1. 1Michael M. was an equal protection challenge to California's statutory rape law.

2. 2Lackey held that the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction concerning child support issues.

3. 3Alderson was the first reported Marvin-type case to involve a heterosexual couple.

4. 4Winter held, among other things, that the trial court's reliance on support guidelines, to the exclusion of other factors, in fixing temporary support was proper. 7 Cal.App.4th at 1933.