Commissioner Gary Slossberg is a judicial officer with over 15 years of experience in the law, including ten years working in the courts. Appointed in November of 2020, Gary serves as the Superior Court Commissioner for El Dorado County, where he is entrusted to handle cases with the same diligence, integrity, fairness, and knowledge as a judge. Gary has handled nearly every case type in El Dorado County and is currently assigned to rule on issues in family law (i.e., divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, parentage, and property division), restraining order, small claims, traffic and infractions, and juvenile dependency cases (i.e., cases involving child protective services). Gary manages more than 2,000 calendar settings per year.
Gary previously represented low-income clients as a legal services attorney, including as the attorney for Live Violence Free in South Lake Tahoe, advocating on behalf of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Thereafter, he was the Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help Attorney for the El Dorado Superior Court, providing free legal assistance to individuals without an attorney. Gary is well-respected as an authority on child support issues and has trained judicial officers and legal professionals statewide on domestic violence, child support, tax law, and judicial ethics. He is the current Treasurer of the California Court Commissioners Association and is a member of the Judicial Council’s Family Law Curriculum Committee.
For his efforts to increase access to the court system, Gary received an Award of Merit from the California Commission on Access to Justice and Legal Aid Association of California in 2015. In 2003, he was awarded with the Gary Bellow Public Service Award from Harvard Law School, where he recevied his law degree. In his free time, Gary is very active in Scouts, serving as the Committee Chair for his son’s Cub Scout Pack and supporting his daughter’s involvement in Girl Scouts. He also was a judge for Jesuit High School’s Mock Trial team and previously was a neighborhood council board member.
Gary has been married for 15 years to his wife, Julane. They have two children, Charlie, age 11, and Juliet, age 8. They strive to instill in their kids the values of kindness, hard work, and concern for community, the same values that guide Gary’s work as a judicial officer.