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Hon. William F. Highberger

Hon. William F. Highberger

Los Angeles Superior Court
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Judge Highberger has been assigned to the Los Angeles Superior Court Complex Civil Litigation Program since March 2008.  His docket primarily consists of class actions, complex civil cases, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings involving multiple tort claims from around the state and the nation, and other types of complex civil litigation.  The substantial majority of his docket since 2013 has been wage-and-hour class actions.  He and his colleagues in the Los Angeles Superior Court Complex Civil Litigation Program have one of the largest wage-and-hour class action dockets in the entire nation.  He routinely deals with contested motions for compel arbitration in this context and frequently teaches other judges about this topic in CLE programs.  He also routinely hears motions for approval of wage-and-hour class action settlements and other class-action settlements.

While handling various mass-tort cases, he has held joint court sessions with the United States District Judge handling the counterpart MDL case involving In re Incretin Mimetics.  He has also worked in cooperation with the Court of Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia to facilitate the handling of overlapping mass-tort claims involving the prescription drug Risperdal®.

He has been a judge since September 1998.  He is a Fellow of the College Of Labor And Employment Lawyers, a Member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser to the ALI’s recently completed Restatement of the Law, Employment Law.  He is also an Adviser to the ALI’s current project to draft a Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance.

Before his appointment to the court in September 1998, he was a partner in the labor and employment practice of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC, where he handled both traditional labor-management disputes and individual and class litigation in state and federal court.  He has been admitted to practice in California, Washington, D.C., and New York.  He is a Member of the American College of Business Court Judges.  He is a 1975 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent Scholar, and a 1972 graduate of Princeton University.


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