Born and raised in California, Justice Hoch is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. 1981) and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1984).
Justice Hoch worked in private practice, and then began her career in state public service. From 1987 to 1992, she practiced labor law with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and Public Employment Relations Board.
In 1992, Justice Hoch joined the California Attorney General’s Office. She started as a Deputy Attorney General in the Health, Education and Welfare Section representing state agencies in administrative proceedings and state and federal trial and appellate courts. In 1997, Justice Hoch joined the Tobacco Litigation Section and represented the State in its historic litigation against the tobacco industry. In 1999, Justice Hoch joined the Government Law Section, where she was counsel to the State’s constitutional officers. From January 2001 to January 2002, Justice Hoch also headed the Energy Crisis Team, which represented the State in various state and federal forums to recover monies due the State as a result of price gorging by energy companies during the energy crisis. In January 2002, Justice Hoch was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General of the Government Law Section. Later that year, Justice Hoch was appointed as Chief Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Law Division, the largest legal division in the Office of the Attorney General.
During her 12-year career at the California Attorney General’s office, Justice Hoch worked on many high profile and significant legal cases. In recognition of her outstanding work, Justice Hoch received the following awards: Attorney General’s Team Award - Energy Task Force (2003); Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Supervision (2001); Attorney General’s Award for Excellence as a Team - Tobacco Litigation (1999); and Attorney General’s Certificate of Appreciation for representing the State of California in People v. Philip Morris, Inc. et al., Largest Civil Settlement in U.S. History.
In April 2004, Justice Hoch was appointed as Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. As Administrative Director, she administered the California workers’ compensation system and developed regulations to implement the newly enacted comprehensive workers’ compensation reforms.
From October 2005 to January 2, 2011, Justice Hoch served as the Governor’s Legal Affairs Secretary, where she provided legal advice to the Governor, Senior Staff, and state agencies on significant policy and legal issues. She also developed and oversaw litigation strategies to uphold the Governor’s policy decisions in court.
Justice Hoch is currently a member of the Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). She is also a member of the Third Appellate District’s Mediation Committee. Justice Hoch is a Judicial Master and Executive Committee member of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, an organization of judges, attorneys, and law students dedicated to promoting civility, ethics, and professionalism in the legal community.