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Meet the District Attorney

Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County’s new District Attorney, began her career working in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office after graduating from University of San Francisco Law School in 1987. She planned a career as a prosecutor while still in law school. Ms. Ravitch received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of California at Berkeley.

After a few years in Alameda County, the Loma Prieta earthquake hit and Ms. Ravitch reevaluated her life, opting for a better quality of life here in Sonoma County. She joined the Sonoma County DA’s office in 1990 and quickly earned a reputation as a top-flight prosecutor and trial attorney. She would go on to earn “Prosecutor of the Year” honors for her exceptional work. Ms. Ravitch handled cases that ranged from driving under the influence to special circumstance murder trials. She prosecuted a woman who murdered her plastic surgeon in a case that was so notorious it had to be transferred to Santa Clara county for trial. Ms. Ravitch also prosecuted the woman involved in the murder of the armored car guard in Sonoma, as well as a number of other high profile murder, sexual assault and domestic violence cases.

Shortly after winning first degree murder convictions in a three defendant gang prosecution in 2004, Ms. Ravitch resigned from the DA’s office and went into private practice. She emphasized criminal defense but handled civil litigation matters as well. In 2008 Ms. Ravitch accepted a position as chief deputy district attorney in Mendocino County. She commuted to Ukiah each day from her home in Sebastopol to continue her career as a prosecutor. She continued to handle murder cases and other violent crimes cases, in addition to supervising the fifteen attorneys in the office. While there, Ms. Ravitch was named “Victim Advocate of the Year” by the DA’s office.

Ms. Ravitch is a professor of law at Empire College Law School where she teaches first year students Criminal law. She is a member of the board of West County Community Services Agency. Ms. Ravitch is excited to be back representing this wonderful community as District Attorney. She is the first woman to hold this post in the county, and one of only eleven electeds who are female in this state.

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