VALLEJO, Calif. — William Pendergast will be taking over as
Solano County Superior Court judge, replacing David Power, who is
California Gov. Jerry Brown made the announcement just before
Christmas, according to www.timesheraldonline.com.
Attorney Robert Warshawsky, managing partner at Petty and
Warshawsky and a long-standing member of the Solano County Bar
Association, is optimistic about the appointment.
“I met [Pendergast] a number of years ago when he was a
practicing attorney, and he developed a very good reputation as a
litigator,” Warshawsky told The Northern California
Record. “[He’s] someone who’s very honest, had great
integrity, very well prepared.”
According to Warshawsky, Power was transparent in his ruling, so
one knew what he was thinking.
“[He was] a judge that worked very hard,” Warshawsky said. “So
really, I think these two judges are cut from a very similar cloth,
in the sense that they’re both quite good in their demeanor, very
easy to practice in front of.”
Pendergast had been a commissioner for the Solano County Superior
Court since 2011. Prior to that, he served a deputy public defender
and as a sole practictioner, according to www.dailyrepublic.com.
He was a partner at two firms prior to that: Pendergast and
Camarata from 2006-08 and Pendergast and Maher from 2002-06,
according to www.timesheraldonline.com.
Before that, he spent five years as an associate at Kilpatrick and
“He knows the law very well and a pleasure to appear before him
for those reasons,” Warshawsky said. “You always felt like your
client got a fair shake in front of him, so it didn’t surprise me
at all that he was elevated to the bench by Governor Brown.”
Warshawsky said the response to Pendergast by local attorneys has
Being able to handle a changing population will be key to a judge
in the area.
“You have to remember that this was at one point a very rural
county — the county has grown in population, the cities have grown,
and so it has become a much less rural,” Warshawsky said. “As a
result, demographics change, elements within the population change.
The bench has shown, in my view, a very good ability to change with
In turn, this has added to the workload amongst its legal teams.
“Solano County has a very active case load among the bench. I
know at one point it was considered to be the highest, or one of the
highest, in the state,” Warshawsky said. “One of the things our
bench has really shown the ability to do is handle high volumes of
cases, but at the same time, really being fair.”
That growth is reflected in the number of bench officers now for
“The bench now has 20 full bench officers, which is a lot more
than when I started,” Warshawsky said. “I think Judge Pendergast
is going to be an excellent addition to the bench.”