The Hon. Alison M. Tucher is an Associate Justice for the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four in California. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2018 by former Governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Maria P. Rivera (Ret.). Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Tucher was serving as a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court, a position she was appointed to in 2014 by then-Governor Brown. At the time of her appointment to the Superior Court, she filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Joseph R. Hurley (Ret.).
She is a registered Democrat.
Justice Tucher graduated with her B.A. in economics from Williams College in 1984. She then attended Cambridge University on scholarship, where she would earn her M.A. in engineering in 1986. She also received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992.
After law school, Tucher served a year-long clerkship with the Hon. William A. Norris with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992 to 1993, and for the Hon. David H. Souter with the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 to 1994. After completing her clerkships, Tucher worked briefly as an assistant director with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's White House Security Review Team.
Then, in 1995, Tucher joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, where she would serve as a deputy district attorney's office for three years.
She left the public sector in 1998 to become an associate for Morrison and Foerster LLP. Six years later, she was named a partner for the firm. She would remain in that capacity until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2014. While in private practice, Tucher specialized in intellectual property and commercial cases. She also provided pro bono legal assistance for post-conviction criminal cases.
Tucher also served as an instructor at her alma mater Stanford Law School, where she taught on the subject of trade secrets.
While on the Superior Court bench, she presided over family law and criminal court assignments.
Her appointment to the Court of Appeal was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 23, 2018.
Some of her memberships have included the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Alameda County Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services Corporation.
In her free time, Justice Tucher enjoys bicycling, skiing, and hiking, as well as spending time with her family.