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Jon S Tigar

Jon S Tigar

United States District Court, Northern District of California
District Judge
San Francisco, CA, USA


Judge Jon S. Tigar is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated by President Barack on June 11, 2012, and confirmed by the Senate on December 21, 2012. He received his commission on January 18, 2013.

Judge Tigar previously served as a Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court for eleven years, where his assignments included general civil trials, felony trials, and family law. He also served as the Presiding Judge of the court's Appellate Division. He presided over a variety of complex litigation matters, including the implementation of the statewide consent decree in Farrell v. Cate, which concerned the reform of California's juvenile justice system. In 2009, he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Alameda/Contra Costa Trial Lawyers' Association. 

Judge Tigar is an Adviser to the American Law Institute for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Harm, and a contributing editor to the Matthew Bender treatise, California Contract Litigation. From 2006 until 2012, he served as a member of the California Judicial Council's Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. He has frequently been asked to speak to both lawyers and judges on a wide variety of topics including trial practice, evidence, civil discovery, punitive damages, and judicial ethics, and has taught Pretrial Litigation at Berkeley Law School. He has served on the board of directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, and as a judicial mentor for the Alameda County Bar Association's Judicial Diversity Mentor Project and Centro Legal de la Raza's Youth Law Project. 

Before taking the bench, Judge Tigar practiced complex commercial litigation at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco; as a trial lawyer in the San Francisco Public Defender's Office; and in the litigation department of Morrison & Foerster. He clerked for Robert Vance of the United Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Judge Tigar graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (now Berkeley Law School), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the California Law Review. In 2006, he received Berkeley Law's Young Alumnus Award. 

He has a degree in Economics and English from Williams College.

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