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Hon. William F. Highberger

Hon. William F. Highberger

Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge
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.

Hon. William F. Highberger is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Charting the Future of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, ABTL Report, Winter 2017 - Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2017: The California Difference, Monday, September 11, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Views from the Bench -- What Are the Neutrals Looking For In Employment Cases? - Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2017: The California Difference, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Views from the Bench -- What Are the Neutrals Looking For In Employment Cases? - Views from the Bench -- What Are the Neutrals Looking For In Employment Cases?, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Views from the Bench -- What Are the Neutrals Looking For In Employment Cases? - Views from the Bench -- What Are the Neutrals Looking For In Employment Cases?, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2017: The California Difference, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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