United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

District Judge William H. Orrick Joins San Francisco Division

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is pleased to announce that United States District Judge William H. Orrick, the court’s newly-appointed Article III judge, has joined the court’s San Francisco division, filling the seat vacated when Distict Judge Charles R. Breyer took senior status. 

Prior to his nomination to the court, Judge Orrick served in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009-2012, most recently as the deputy assistant attorney general supervising civil immigration litigation. A graduate of the Boston College Law School and Yale University, Judge Orrick began his legal career as an attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program in Savannah, Georgia from 1979-1984. Judge Orrick was a long-time partner with the law firm of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced civil litigation from 1984 to 2009 and for the past ten months while he awaited confirmation. His father was a member of our court from 1974-2001.

Judge Orrick received his commission on May 16, 2013 and was sworn in by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken on May 20, 2013. He will begin receiving cases from the assignment system at the end of June, including both new cases and reassignments from other judges. Judge Orrick will hold proceedings in Courtroom 2 on the 17th Floor. The court warmly welcomes Judge Orrick to the federal bench.