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Mendocino County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 5

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Patrick Pekin

Attorney, Volunteer Firefighter
12,254 votes (49.51%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Equal Access to Fair, Just and Independent Courts
  • Alternative Treatment Programs for Mental Health, Drug Addiction and Veterans
  • Continue the Mendocino County Court's Tradition of Listening to All Sides



Profession:Attorney, Volunteer Firefighter
Partner, The Law Offices of Pekin and Pekin (2009–current)
Representative District 5, Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2013–2015)
Partner, The Law Offices of Michael Pekin (2004–2008)
Associate, Gordon & Rees LLP (2003–2004)


University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor, Law (2003)
University of Oregon BA, English/History (1997)

Community Activities

Firefighter, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department (2013–current)
Mock Trial Coach, Fort Bragg High School (2010–2014)
Mentor, Bulldog Boxing Gym (2004–2008)


Patrick Pekin is an experienced trial attorney who’s handled the toughest kinds of cases, including homicides, gang cases, family law and civil rights litigation. For five years Patrick Pekin coached the Fort Bragg High School Mock Trial team taking the school to its first county-wide championship.  Patrick is currently a volunteer firefighter with the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department where he responds to ocean rescues, fires, auto accidents and medical emergencies.

Many people know Patrick Pekin from his reputation as a talented, well-prepared, experienced trial lawyer. Working from his Fort Bragg office, Patrick represents clients throughout Mendocino County, as well as in neighboring counties. However, there’s more to Patrick beyond his current legal practice.

On his first day at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, he met Amanda Hernandez, a fellow student. They became study partners and eventually married in 2007. They now live just outside the town of Mendocino with their three young sons, Robert, age three, and Michael and Thomas, one-year-old twins.

Patrick was born and raised in Monterey, California on the central California coast. His father, Michael, is a lawyer and Vietnam War veteran. His mother, Christine, emigrated from Austria as a young woman and supported Patrick’s father through law school. After graduating from Palma, a Catholic High School in Salinas, Patrick went to the University of Oregon. During high school and college, Patrick worked in difficult, but adventurous, jobs as a hang-gliding instructor and as a forest fire fighter.

Between college and law school, Patrick sought to further broaden his life experience and took various jobs across the country and overseas. He was a deckhand on several different ships – a cruise ship, a research vessel, a luxury yacht, and tug boats in the Gulf of Mexico. He also taught English while living in Turkey and Brazil.

During law school, Patrick took a summer internship with the State Department, working in the United States Consulate in Berlin. After his second year of law school, he worked at a large law firm in downtown San Francisco, where he was assigned to the construction litigation department and worked on cases involving building defects and other commercial matters. Patrick was also an Articles Editor for the Hastings West/Northwest Environmental Law Journal.

After graduation, Patrick began his legal career in San Francisco in insurance litigation, before taking an internship in the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. Patrick then practiced in Salinas and throughout the Central Coast where he handled family, civil and criminal matters. Patrick found he was most attracted to criminal practice, working directly with people and going to trial. Within a year, Patrick’s legal reputation earned him an appointment to represent prisoners in cases involving violent crime inside Soledad Prison and Atascadero State Mental Hospital, some of the toughest cases there are. Over the course of his career, Patrick has tried homicides, gang cases and other serious felonies. Patrick has appeared on hundreds of cases, covering the entire range of criminal matters.

Patrick’s experiences in life and in law have cemented his desire to help others. He has seen the devastating effects of poverty and mental illness first-hand. He has also been able to guide others who were only the victims of misfortune. Patrick now wants to use his experience to help people as our next Judge.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Judge James Luther (ret.)
  • Judge Jonathan Lehan (ret.)
  • Judge Kirk Gustafson (ret.)

Organizations (3)

  • Coalition for Grassroots Progress
  • Ukiah Professional Firefighter's Association Local 3686
  • Mendocino Women's Political Coalition

Elected Officials (6)

  • Fort Bragg Mayor David Turner
  • Former Fifth District Supervisor Norman DeVall
  • Former Fourth District Supervisor Kendall Smith
  • Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde
  • Willits Mayor Bruce Burton
  • Ukiah Mayor Steve Scalmanini

Individuals (16)

  • Fire Chief, Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department Jim Little
  • Former Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Paul Tichinin
  • Former Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent Steve Lund
  • Former Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Don Kirkpatrick
  • Division Chief, Ukiah City Fire Department Kevin Jennings
  • Assistant Chief, Covelo Volunteer Fire Department William “Bill” Baxter
  • Fire Chief, Westport Volunteer Fire Department Frank Marice
  • Fire Chief, Piercy Fire Protection District Patrick Landergen
  • Fire Chief, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department Ed O'Brien
  • Fire Chief, Leggett Valley Fire Protection District Ely Reighter
  • Fire Chief, Hopland & Ukiah Valley Fire Protection District John Bartlett
  • Fire Chief, Covelo Volunteer Fire Department Doren Freeman
  • Fire Chief, Brooktrails Volunteer Fire Department Daryl Schoeppner
  • Fire Chief, Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department Andres Avila
  • Fire Chief, Albion-Little River Volunteer Fire Department Ted Williams
  • Chair, Anderson Valley Community Service District Valerie Hanelt

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Political Philosophy

Patrick is dedicated to helping people in our community. He’s a first responder serving as a Volunteer Fire Fighter and he’s coached students for mock trial competitions.

As a judge, Patrick will continue the tradition of our current judges who are fair and listen to all sides before ruling. His experiences both in and out of the courtroom have broadened his view and will make him a better judge.

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