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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Marin County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 2

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Thomas M. McCallister

Deputy District Attorney
10,420 votes (15.93%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will honor my sworn duty to be fair, ethical, and impartial and I will apply the law fairly and equally to everyone involved in both civil and criminal cases.
  • I will continue to advance and improve the good work of the Marin Superior Court, including the existing collaborative justice courts, which provide alternatives to incarceration for the the addicted and the mentally ill.
  • I will try to bring a greater commitment to restorative justice programs, which will achieve our common goal of getting criminal defendants to stop victimizing our citizens and stop committing crime in our community.



Profession:Deputy District Attorney - Marin County
Deputy District Attorney, Marin County District Attorney’s Office (2002–current)
Associate Civil Litigation Attorney, Keesal, Young & Logan (1998–2002)
Associate Civil Litigation Attorney, Keesal, Young & Logan (1998–2002)
Solo Practitioner – Civil Litigation, Civil Litigation Trial Expert (1997–1998)
Associate Civil Litigation Attorney, Witwer, Poltrock & Giampietro (1995–1997)


Golden Gate University School of Law JD, Street Law; Trial Advocacy; Certified Law Student for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, 1992 (1992)
Dartmouth College BA, Pre-Med and History Major (1987)

Community Activities

Mock Trial Program - Head Coach, Marin County Office of Education & Marin Catholic High School (2012–current)
Co-President - Youth Sports Board, Swimarin (2015–current)
Youth Sports - Head Coach, Marin Boys & Girls Youth Sports Organizations: Ross Valley Little League; SABA; San Anselmo Recreation League; CYO; Central Marin Chargers (2006–current)
Summer Intern Program Supervisor, Marin County District Attorney's Office (2015–current)
Vice President - Youth Sports Board, Central Marin Chargers Youth Football & Cheer (2009–2012)


Civil Law

   Civil Litigation Trial Attorney, 7+ years

   Both Plaintiff & Defense

   Practice areas:  Securities Arbitration, Mediation, Employment Law, Family Law, Complex Torts, Contracts, Workers Compensation, Landlord/Tenant, Maritime Law, and White Collar Criminal Defense

 Criminal Law

   Deputy District Attorney, 15+ years

   Currently serving Marin County as a Deputy District Attorney IV, assigned to a felony trial department team

   50+ Jury Trials, plus over 1,000 hearings and court appearances

   Practice Areas and Assignments:  Marin County Major Crimes Task Force Liaison, Coordinator of the Insurance Fraud Unit 2006-2015, Financial Elder Abuse, Violent Crime/Felony Trial Departments, Domestic Violence Unit, Real Estate Fraud, Welfare Fraud, In-Home Health Care Fraud, Life & Annuity Fraud, Workers Compensation Fraud, Automobile Insurance Fraud, Fish & Game Crimes, Summer Intern Program Supervisor, DUI Violations, and Misdemeanors.

 Professional Timeline

 Deputy District Attorney

Sacramento District Attorney’s Office 1993-1994

Deputy District Attorney

Marin County District Attorney’s Office 1994-1995

Associate Civil Litigation Attorney

Witwer, Poltrock & Giampietro (Chicago, IL) 1995-1997

(During this time, Tom’s wife, Gail, earned her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Tom and Gail also welcomed their first child, Maggie, into the world.)

Solo Practitioner – Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation Trial Expert (San Rafael, CA) 1997-1998

Associate Civil Litigation Attorney

Keesal, Young & Logan (San Francisco, CA) 1998-2002

Deputy District Attorney

Marin County District Attorney’s Office 2002-Present

Currently serving Marin County as a Deputy District Attorney IV

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Kelly V. Simmons – Presiding Judge – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. Paul M. Haakenson – Assistant Presiding Judge – Marin Superior Court

Elected Officials (8)

  • Sloan Bailey – Mayor – Corte Madera
  • Kate Colin – Vice Mayor – San Rafael City Council
  • Andrew McCullough – San Rafael City Council
  • Tom McInerney – San Anselmo Town Council
  • Larry Chu – Larkspur City Council (prior multiple years of service as Mayor)
  • Sandra Donnell – Belvedere City Council (prior service as Mayor)
  • Justin Faggioli – Belvedere City Finance Committee (prior service as Mayor)
  • John D. Wright – San Anselmo Town Council

Individuals (6)

  • Hon. Beverly K. Wood – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. Andrew E. Sweet – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. Geoffrey M. Howard – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. Stephen P. Freccero – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. J. Stephen Graham (Ret.) – Marin Superior Court
  • Hon. John A. Sutro, Jr. (Ret.) – Marin Superior Court

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Our society cannot afford to have activist judges who make decisions based upon party affilliation or bias.  Our elected governmnet officials and representatives can advance agendas for us, but judges cannot.  Judges must be fair, ethical, and impartial at every turn, with a deep commitment to following the law and serving justice for all.  

Marin’s current Judges are forward-thinking and constantly seek to improve our civil and criminal justice systems.  I embrace our collaborative courts within the criminal justice system, which provide alternatives to incarceration for the addicted and the mentally ill and help families in crisis move forward.   I also admire the current judges for their commitment to increasing access to the Courts and for developing programs to speed the process and allow smoother navigation of many areas of the civil justice system.  

However, I think we can still increase efficiency, reduce backlog, and better serve the financially disadvantaged and mentally ill.    

Videos (1)

Tom McCallister was interviewed by Latino Marin's Veda Florez regarding his candidacy for Marin County Superior Court Judge.


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