Jonathan K. Renner, Associate Justice

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Justice Renner was nominated to the Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Following his unanimous confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, and election by California voters, Justice Renner joined the court in January of 2015.

Raised in the California foothills, Justice Renner graduated from high school in Grass Valley, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

After graduation from law school, Justice Renner worked as an associate attorney with the law firms of Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant and Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. While in private practice, he litigated a diverse range of cases for both private and government entities.

Justice Renner left private practice to focus on public service as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. During more than 10 years with the Department of Justice, he represented state-level elected officials, state agencies and state departments. Justice Renner litigated cases at the trial and appellate level on a wide range of topics involving the operation of state government and the authority of government officials. He was promoted to Supervising Deputy Attorney General, and eventually appointed to run the statewide operation of the Government Law Section as the Senior Assistant Attorney General.

In the four years prior to joining the court, Justice Renner served as the Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Brown. Justice Renner provided advice and counsel to the Governor and top administration officials, and oversaw the defense of significant litigation against the Governor and the administration.