The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) applauds Governor Jerry Brown's appointment of Somnath Raj Chatterjee to the Alameda County Superior Court. Judge Chatterjee will be the first South Asian to serve as judge in Alameda County.
Judge Chatterjee has been practicing law at Morrison Forster since 1994 where he was a partner at the San Francisco office since 2006. He most recently has been a partner at Antolin, Agarwal and Chatterjee LLP, a boutique law firm he co-founded in 2017. He
has been a trial lawyer focusing on business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and arbitration. Previously, he served as a deputy public defender at the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office from 1999 to 2000 and was an associate at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal from 1995 to 1996.
Judge Chatterjee also served as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Andrew Hauk at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, from 1994 to 1995. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990.
Judge Chatterjee has been an active member of SABA-NC and previously served as president of the organization. SABA-NC endorsed Judge Chatterjee in 2015 and has supported him throughout the process of becoming a judge. "In addition to his long history of supporting SABA-NC and South Asian initiatives, Judge Chatterjee is a remarkably intelligent and thoughtful individual who has served as a positive role model and mentor for young attorneys," said SABA-NC President, Anant Pradhan. "We thank Judge Chatterjee for his work and congratulate him on this appointment."
SABA-NC also thanks Governor Jerry Brown and commends his administration for their continued commitment to ensuring that our Judiciary reflects our state's diversity. Judge Chatterjee's deep commitment to the rule of law makes him a perfect addition to Alameda's judiciary.