The Hon. Bryan F. Foster is a judge for the Superior Court of San Bernardino County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Gray Davis in 2003. Judge Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 48 years. They had three children and two grandchildren.
Judge Foster was born in 1948 and raised in San Francisco, California. He attended Kindergarten, Grammar School, High School, College, Law School and post-graduate work for an MBA all within 7 miles of his home. He played football in both High School and College and had over 35 different part-time jobs during his school years. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco in 1970. He then continued on to Law School also at the University of San Francisco, completing a J.D. in 1974.
He began his legal career working as an associate at a private law firm in the Bay Area, acting of counsel to the San Francisco Housing Authority. In 1983, he relocated to the Inland Empire, where he worked as a trial attorney in private practice. He was a partner at Foster, Driscoll & Reynolds from 1990 to 2003 prior to his appointment to the bench. As a trial attorney for almost thirty years, he had seventy-eight Superior Court Jury Trials and has presided over four hundred criminal and civil jury trials as a judge.
Judge Foster was the supervising judge of the Morongo District of the San Bernardino Court for three years and then was assigned to a criminal department in San Bernardino. He has been assigned to the civil trial department for the last nine years.
Judge Foster has numerous awards and honors. He was named Trial Judge of the Year In 2013 by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire and in 2015 received the same honor by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He received the President’s Award by the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2014 and was the recipient of the Kaufman-Campbell Award from the San Bernardino County Bar Association in 2018. He has been the President of the Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates and has acted as a national representative for that organization. He has served on multiple committees for the San Bernardino Superior Court and has developed and presented multiple trial practice seminars to various legal and community groups.
Judge Reichert is a graduate of the University of Utah and a graduate of Columbia Law School. For 20 years before taking the bench, years, Judge Reichert was a civil trial lawyer handling insurance defense cases. For 10 of those years, he ran his own law firm located in Ontario. He then became a trial court judicial attorney for the San Bernardino Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga. In 2001, the Supreme Court appointed him to be one of five State Bar Court trial judges. In 2002, the Los Angeles Superior Court judges elected Judge Reichert to be a court commissioner, and he served at the Los Angeles Mosk Courthouse and in West Covina. In 2005, Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed Judge Reichert to the San Bernardino Superior Court. He has handled serious criminal cases including murder, gang violence, and child abuse. His current assignment is in probate, conservatorships, and guardianships. In 2018 the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino County honored his work with the Access to Justice Award. He also adjudicates the Chino Valley Watermaster case in which he determines water rights for San Bernardino residents. Judge Reichert has taught extensively for California Judicial Education and Research (CJER) in many areas including probate, unlawful detainers, and small claims. He has also been a consultant for the California Judges Benchbook Small Claims and Consumer Law. He has two adult married children and one granddaughter.
2019/2020 – Honorable Michael A. Sachs
2018/2019 – Honorable Jon D. Ferguson
2017/2018 – Honorable John Pacheco
2016/2017 – Honorable Marsha G. Slough
2015/2016 – Honorable Janet Frangie
2014/2015 – Chief Justice of California, Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
2013/2014 – Honorable Jeffrey King
2012/2013 – Honorable Benjamin T. Kayashima
2011/2012 – Honorable Christopher J. Warner
2010/2011 – Commissioner Ronald Gilbert