Judge Vaughn Walker

Judge Vaughn Walker

ADR/Law Office of Vaughn R Walker

Vaughn R. Walker is a member of Omni Bridgeway’s U.S. investment committee.

He served as United States District Judge for the Northern District of California from 1990 to 2011 and was Chief Judge from 2004 to 2011. Judge Walker presided over many notable proceedings, involving antitrust, securities, intellectual property and national security matters and presided over the trial in Hollingsworth v. Perry, where he found California's Proposition 8 (a ballot initiative intended to defeat same sex marriage in California) to be unconstitutional.
 
Since retiring from the bench in 2011, Judge Walker has operated ADR/Law Office of Vaughn R Walker, a private practice in San Francisco focusing on arbitration and mediation services. He has also lectured at Stanford University Law School and the University of California Berkeley and Hastings Schools of Law. 
 
A graduate of University of Michigan and Stanford Law School, Judge Walker was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. After clerking for United States District Judge Robert J. Kelleher in Los Angeles, he practiced in San Francisco at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro until joining the federal bench in 1990.
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