Currently a California Superior Court Judge for San Diego County, Judge Brannigan received his undergraduate degree from St. Peter’s College (N.J.). He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Fernando Valley Law School, an M.B.A. from Long Island University, and a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.
Judge Brannigan served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant and a proud member of the 1st Infantry Division, better known as The Big Red One. After serving as a line infantry officer, he finished his service in the JAG Corps as Assistant Judge Advocate.
After leaving the military, he became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he served from 1978-1986. As a member of the New York division, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Unit, finishing his career with the FBI as a specialist in foreign counterintelligence.
Following his work with the FBI, Judge Brannigan became a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County, where he would spend the next three years. For the next fifteen years he served in the United States Attorney’s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. In addition to prosecuting a wide range of crimes, he served as Supervising Attorney for the Border Crimes Section, Criminal Division.
In 2004 Judge Brannigan was elected to his first six-year term as Judge of the Superior Court of California, San Diego County. Judge Brannigan is currently in his second term after winning reelection in 2010.