The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears administrative disputes.  Established by the California Legislature in 1945, OAH provides independent Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to conduct hearings for over 1,500 State and local government agencies.  OAH provides both adjudication and alternative dispute resolution services. 

Of the 10,000 to 14,000 cases filed with OAH each year, approximately 50 percent of our General Jurisdiction cases and 96 percent of our Special Education cases are resolved without the need for hearing and decision.  OAH offers a wealth of experience, qualified ALJs, professional calendar staff, and the flexibility to mediate, arbitrate, or adjudicate administrative disputes at a cost substantially less than charged by other providers.

About OAH

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is an independent office housed within the Department of General Services for administrative purposes. OAH is under the direction and control of the Director of OAH, who is appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation of the Senate. Administrative Law Judges at OAH are appointed by the Director of OAH, and act independently from the agencies appearing before OAH in hearings, mediations, and all other administrative matters.

OAH Offices

The Office of Administrative Hearings has five regional offices with hearing rooms. Cases may also be heard in other venues. 


Zackery P. Morazzini,
Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge

 

Bob Varma,
Deputy Director

 

Kathryn Jacobsen

Executive Assistant


Visit the OAH Contact page for regional office information.
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OAH Brochures

  • Special Education Brochures
    • Special Education Brochure - English
    • Special Education Brochure - Arabic (pending)
    • Special Education Brochure - Korean  (pending)
    • Special Education Brochure - Mandarin  (pending)
    • Special Education Brochure - Spanish  (pending)
    • Special Education Brochure - Tagalog  (pending)
    • Special Education Brochure - Vietnamese  (pending)
In California, where there is disagreement with an action intended to be taken by certain government agencies against an individual or business, a hearing before OAH may be requested.  Typically, this occurs when an agency seeks to discipline one of its licensees.  For example, all hearings before the Medical Board of California involving physician discipline are conducted before an OAH ALJ.   Similarly, the Department of Social Services prosecutes actions to regulate licensed day care or residential facilities before OAH when complaints of abuse or neglect are brought to its attention.  And many cities and counties contract with OAH to hear employee discipline and disability retirement appeals.

The ALJs are fully independent of the agencies whose attorneys appear before them.  The Administrative Law Judge has the same relationship with each party -- that of a neutral fact-finder.  All OAH ALJs are required to have practiced law for at least five years before being appointed, and typically have over ten years of experience.

 

ALJ Biographical Information

ALJs preside over hearings in a manner similar to civil court trials unless local agency rules provide otherwise.  Hearings are generally open to the public.  Each party is given an opportunity to make an opening statement, call witnesses, and offer other relevant evidence. After all the evidence is submitted, the parties may make closing arguments, orally or in writing.  In most cases, the ALJ prepares a detailed written decision within 30 days.
OAH also has an alternative dispute resolution program offering both mediation and arbitration services.

In the Fall of 2017, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) began using a browser-based secure file transfer system for electronic filing and service of case-related documents.  OAH Secure e-File Transfer (SFT) replaces OAH’s method of sending and receiving documents through email attachments.  In addition, OAH will deliver electronic copies of documents through SFT.  The SFT will be the only method for electronic filing with OAH.

Parties or attorneys will create a password-protected free account at SFT, and will use that account for both sending documents to OAH and receiving documents from OAH.

SFT will be mandatory for all government agencies and attorneys.  It will be optional for self-represented parties.  OAH will continue to accept hard copy documents by mail or personal delivery from self-represented parties.  Self-represented parties who opt not to use SFT will receive copies of notices and documents from OAH by regular mail.

OAH will no longer accept fax or email copies of documents from parties, will not send email attachments to parties, and will no longer send documents to parties by fax.

For more information, please visit the OAH Secure e-File Transfer web page.

Security Announcement for OAH Hearings page

Penal Code, Part 1, Title 5, Section 71

It is a criminal offense to threaten a public official which includes administrative law judges and the staff at the Office of Administrative Hearings (Penal Code, Part 1, Title 5, Section 71). Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Office of Administrative Hearings - Organization

Director– Chief Administrative Law Judge

Zackery P. Morazzini

            Alicia Boomer, Attorney III

Deputy Director

Bob Varma

            Nicole Srinivasan, Attorney

            Kathryn Jacobsen, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

            Anthony Corella, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Administration Division

Melissa McKinney, Staff Services Manager II (Supervisory)

  Monica Pham, UEI Student Assistant

  Gurneet Singh, UEI Student Assistant

Financial Services Unit         

Phoenix Lawson, Staff Services Manager I

Cara Kenyon, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Tim Dean, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Poh-Ling Oon, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Moiz Uddin, Accountant I (SPEC)

Marquisha Cilenti, Office Technician (Typing)

Business Services Unit

Lisiate Akolo, Staff Services Manager I

Carlos Trejo, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Sara Stone, Staff Services Analyst

Cheo Brown, Staff Services Analyst

Navneet Kaur, Office Technician (Typing)

  Jessica Bowen, Office Technician (Typing) - LT

Employee Resource Unit

Samantha Alfonso, Staff Services Manager I

  Crystal Freeman, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

  Linh Nguyen, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

  April Mathews, Staff Services Analyst

  Myla Lesenana, Staff Services Analyst

Richard Chavez, Office Technician (Typing)

Director - Chief Administrative Law Judge

Zackery P. Morazzini

Deputy Director

Bob Varma

CEA Division Chief Administrative Law Judge, General Jurisdiction

Alan R. Alvord, CEA Division Chief Administrative Law Judge, General Jurisdiction  (in San Diego)

David Benjamin, Presiding Administrative Law Judge (in Oakland)

Tzer Lor-Snyder, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Maryjosephine Norrington, Associate Governmental Program Analyst (in Los Angeles)

Sacramento: 

Dian Vorters, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Sean Gavin, Administrative Law Judge I

        Heather Rowan, Administrative Law Judge II

Dena Coggins, Administrative Law Judge II

Wim van Rooyen, Administrative Law Judge I

Timothy Aspinwall, Administrative Law Judge II

Erin Koch-Goodman, Administrative Law Judge II

Marcie Larson, Administrative Law Judge III

Tiffany King, Administrative Law Judge II

Coren Wong, Administrative Law Judge II           

Danette Brown, Administrative Law Judge II

Eddie Washington, Administrative Law Judge II

John DeCure, Administrative Law Judge II

 

Christina Borrego, Staff Services Manager I

Monica Peterson, Staff Services Analyst

Kristen Barkley, Staff Services Analyst

Jellisa Wynne, Staff Services Analyst

Rachel Molina, Staff Services Analyst

Dana Dill, Legal Support Supervisor I

Noreen Barry, Senior Legal Typist

Vanessa Leach, Office Technician (Typing)

La Donna Torres, Office Technician (Typing)

Aaron Seawell, Senior Legal Typist

Alondra Marquez Herrera, Office Technician (Typing)

  Alyssa Penn, Senior Legal Typist

  Kyle Kane, Office Technician (Typing)

Oakland:          

Vacant, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge II

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge II

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge II

Regina Brown, Administrative Law Judge II

Juliet Cox, Administrative Law Judge II

Diane Schneider, Administrative Law Judge III

Michael Starkey, Administrative Law Judge I

Melissa Crowell, Administrative Law Judge III

  Holly Baldwin, Administrative Law Judge I

  Karen Reichmann, Administrative Law Judge II

  Vacant, Administrative Law Judge II

  Jill Schlichtmann, Administrative Law Judge IIi

 

Susie Alvarez, Staff Services Manager I (in Los Angeles)

Lynell Cooper, Legal Secretary

Helen Tsai, Staff Services Analyst

Michele Lewis, Senior Legal Typist

Vacant, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

  Vacant, Senior Legal Typist

San Diego:          

Donald P. Cole, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Mary Agnes Matyszewski, Administrative Law Judge III

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge III

Abraham Levy, Administrative Law Judge II

Kimberly Belvedere, Administrative Law Judge II

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge II

  Marion Vomhof, Administrative Law Judge I

Vallera J. Johnson, Administrative Law Judge III

  Jami Teagle-Burgos, Administrative Law Judge I

  Theresa Brehl, Administrative Law Judge II

Debra Nye-Perkins, Administrative Law Judge II

Adam Berg, Administrative Law Judge II

 

 Christina Borrego, Staff Services Manager I (in Sacramento)

Karen Deaderick, Staff Services Analyst

Mae Pagdanganan, Staff Services Analyst

Gilbert Villalba, Senior Legal Typist

Paul Gates, Senior Legal Typist

Los Angeles:

Nancy Beezy Micon, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge III

Deena Ghaly, Administrative Law Judge I

David Rosenman, Administrative Law Judge III

Carla Garrett, Administrative Law Judge III

Carmen Snuggs, Administrative Law Judge II

  Eileen Cohn, Administrative Law Judge II

Jeremy Cody, Administrative Law Judge I

Chantal Sampogna, Administrative Law Judge II

Nana Chin, Administrative Law Judge II

  Eric Sawyer, Administrative Law Judge III

Cindy Forman, Administrative Law Judge II

Matthew Goldsby, Administrative Law Judge II

Christopher Ruiz, Administrative Law Judge II

 

Susan Formaker, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Jennifer Russell, Administrative Law Judge II

Ji-Lan Zang, Administrative Law Judge II

Glynda Gomez, Administrative Law Judge II

Laurie Pearlman, Administrative Law Judge III

Julie Cabos-Owen, Administrative Law Judge III

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge III

James Mike Davis, Administrative Law Judge II

Howard Cohen, Administrative Law Judge III

Erlinda Shrenger, Administrative Law Judge II

Irina Tentser, Administrative Law Judge II

Jospeh Montoya, Administrative Law Judge III

Thomas Lucero, Administrative Law Judge I

Thomas Heller, Administrative Law Judge II

 

Susie Alvarez, Staff Services Manager I

Jonathan Valadez, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Sylvia Padilla, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Valentina Ortiz, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Marlon Martinez, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Yolanda Parker, Legal Support Supervisor I

  Carol Barron, Legal Secretary

Jennifer Perez, Office Technician

  Joseph McGaha, Senior Legal Typist

  Elvira Ruiz, Senior Legal Typist

  Vacant, Senior Legal Typist

     Rosario Francisco, Legal Secretary       

           Mayra Alvarado, Senior Legal Typist

          Melanie Trieu, Senior Legal Typist

                Vacant, Senior Legal Typist

               Victoria Rangel, Senior Legal Typist

Director– Chief Administrative Law Judge

Zackery P. Morazzini

Deputy Director

Bob Varma

CEA Division Chief Administrative Law Judge, Special Education

Margaret Gibson, Division Chief Administrative Law Judge, Special Education

Laurie Crom Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Jennifer Haley, Associate Governmental Program Analyst (in Oakland)

Anna Brown, Office Technician (Typist)

Sacramento:

Joyann Redmon, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

 Theresa Ravandi, Administrative Law Judge II

Tiffany Gilmartin, Administrative Law Judge II

  Marlo Nisperos, Administrative Law Judge I

Laura Gutierrez, Staff Services Manager I

Aleecia Alvarado, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Kerissa Rasica, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

  Robert Conlin, Staff Services Analyst (Exceptional Allocation)

Trinity Dorantes, Office Technician (Typing)

Carla Caesar, Senior Legal Typist

  Richard Biala, Senior Legal Typist

  Apryl-Lazell Davison, Senior Legal Typist

  Vacant, Senior Legal Typist

  Vacant, Office Technician (Typing)

  Ivy Khan, Office Technician (Typing)

Noura Serrano, Senior Legal Typist

Oakland:

Joyann Redmon, Presiding Administrative Law Judge (in Sacramento)

Charles Marson, Administrative Law Judge III

Vacant, Administrative Law Judge I

Penelope Pahl, Administrative Law Judge II

Rita Defilippis, Administrative Law Judge I

Cynthia Fritz, Administrative Law Judge I

San Diego:

Peter Paul Castillo, Presiding Administrative Law Judge (in Van Nuys)

Linda Johnson, Administrative Law Judge II

Cararea Lucier, Administrative Law Judge I

Rommel Cruz, Administrative Law Judge II

Judith Pasewark, Administrative Law Judge II

Paul Kamoroff, Administrative Law Judge III

  Jennifer Kelly, Administrative Law Judge I

Laura Gutierrez, Staff Services Manager I (in Sacramento)

Erica Truong, Office Technician (Typing)

Van Nuys:

Marian Tully, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Laurie Gorsline, Administrative Law Judge III

  Lewis T. Mann III, Administrative Law Judge II

June Lehrman, Administrative Law Judge III

Robert Martin, Administrative Law Judge II

Cole Dalton, Administrative Law Judge III

Adrienne Krikorian, Administrative Law Judge III

Clifford Woosley, Administrative Law Judge III

  Tara Doss, Administrative Law Judge II

  Christine Arden, Administrative Law Judge II

Brian Krikorian, Administrative Law Judge I

Peter Paul Castillo, Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Alexa Hohensee, Administrative Law Judge III

Chris Butchko, Administrative Law Judge II

Elsa Jones, Administrative Law Judge III

Sabrina Kong, Administrative Law Judge III

Deborah Myers-Cregar, Administrative Law Judge II

Kara Hatfield, Administrative Law Judge III

Laura Gutierrez, Staff Services Manager I (in Sacramento)

Stefanie Kent, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

 Lisa Gachuzo, Senior Legal Typist  

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Office of Administrative Hearings Information

Director and Deputy Director

Office of Administrative Hearings

2349 Gateway Oaks Drive
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833


Zackery P. Morazzini,

Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge

Bob Varma,
Deputy Director

Kathryn Jacobsen,
Executive Assistant

Main Telephone Number: (916) 263-0550

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