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Ward A. Penfold

Deputy County Counsel

Ward Penfold joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2018.  As a member of the Civil and Code Enforcement Section, he represents the County in a variety of enforcement actions.  

Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Ward was a Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focused on white collar defense and commercial litigation.  He also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ward’s professional expertise includes:

  • Appeals
  • Investigations
  • Consumer protection law
  • Complex litigation


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2009
  • Harvard University, Ph.D., 2013
    • Fulbright Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., ​Highest Honors, 2002
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • Board of Directors, Dolores Street Community Services (2018-present)
  • New Leadership Council, Family Violence Appellate Project (2015-present)
  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section of the Barristers Club, Bar Association of San Francisco (2018-present)

Prior Experience

  • Counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP (2012-2018)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S​. Court of  Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2010-2011)

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