The Honorable Tracie L. Brown has been a Judge on the San Francisco Superior Court since 2013.
Judge Brown graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1992. In 1996, she received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Judge Brown clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as an associate for Morrison Foerster LLP and Cooley Godward LLP before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2002. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Brown tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict, and argued several cases before the Ninth Circuit. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she specialized in prosecuting white-collar crimes.
In 2002, Judge Brown received the California State Bar’s Jack Berman Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public, based on her extensive work on a pro bono case representing San Francisco’s Japanese American community. In 2003, she also received the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy. In 2013, Judge Brown was honored with a United States Department of Justice Director’s Award for her work on a successful trial involving a massive online “pill mill,” through which three defendants unlawfully distributed millions of doses of controlled substances.
In May 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Judge Brown to a position on the San Francisco Superior Court. Since her appointment, Judge Brown has presided over criminal trials, preliminary hearings, and the domestic violence court.