Judge Charles R. Breyer | Trellis

The Honorable Charles R. Breyer

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 6

Biography

The Hon. Charles R. Breyer is a senior district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to the bench by former President Bill Clinton on July 24, 1997 to fill a seat vacated by the Hon. D. Lowell Jensen.

Breyer earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1963. He then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1966.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Oliver Carter of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1966. The following year, he accepted a position as counsel for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. He worked there briefly, as he was quickly asked to serve as an assistant district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County. He spent the next six years working in that capacity, eventually leaving to work as an assistant special prosecutor in the Watergate Special Prosecution Force from 1973 to 1974.

Breyer left the public sector in 1974. He spent the next twenty-three years in private practice in San Francisco, a period that was briefly interrupted by a short stint as chief assistant district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County in 1979.

During his tenure as a district judge, Breyer received local attention for ruling against the City of San Francisco and its legislation to protect tenants form Ellis Act evictions in 2014.

His memberships have included the United States Judicial Conference and the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has also served as vice chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.

He is a recipient of the 34th Annual Devitt Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Article III federal judge.

Breyer was born in San Francisco, California. His brother is Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1966)

A.B. from Harvard College (1963)

Career

Attorney at Private Practice in San Francisco County, California (1980 to 1997)

Chief Assistant District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in San Francisco County, California (1979 to 1979)

Attorney at Private Practice in San Francisco County, California (1974 to 1979)

Assistant Special Prosecutor at Watergate Special Prosecution Force in Washington, D.C. (1973 to 1974)

Assistant District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in San Francisco County, California (1967 to 1973)

Counsel at Legal Aid Society of San Francisco in San Francisco County, California (1967 to 1967)

Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California with the Hon. Oliver Carter (1966 to 1967)

Recent Rulings by Hon Charles R. Breyer

  • TODD FREALY V. RICK REYNOLDS

    Aug 15, 2017 | 

    IN RE RICK H. REYNOLDS, Debtor. TODD A. FREALY, Attorney, Chapter 7 Trustee of Estate of Rick Reynolds, Appellant, v. RICK H. REYNOLDS; JOHN M. CARMACK, Co-Trustee of the Reynolds Family Trust and Co- Trustee of The Reynolds Family Trust - Survivor’s Trust, as amended; JOHN MORRIS, Co-Trustee of the Reynol...

  • SAUL CUEVAS V. JAMES HARTLEY

    Jan 10, 2017 | 

    SAUL GARCIA CUEVAS, Petitioner-Appellant, v. JAMES D. HARTLEY, Warden, Avenal State Prison, Respondent-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Virginia A. Phillips, Chief Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted December 12, 2016 San Francisco, California ...

  • SAUL CUEVAS V. JAMES HARTLEY

    Aug 4, 2016 | 

    SAUL GARCIA CUEVAS, Petitioner-Appellant, v. JAMES D. HARTLEY, Warden, Avenal State Prison, Respondent-Appellee. Filed August 4, Before: Alex Kozinski and Susan P. Graber, Circuit Judges, and Charles R. Breyer,* Senior District Judge. Order; Dissent by Judge Kozinski SUMMARY** Criminal Law The panel filed ...

  • FRIENDS OF TAHOE FOREST ACCESS V. USDA

    Feb 26, 2016 | 

    FRIENDS OF TAHOE FOREST ACCESS; WEBILT FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUB; FRIENDS OF GREENHORN; NEVADA COUNTY WOODS RIDERS; GRASS VALLEY 4- WHEEL DRIVE CLUB; HIGH SIERRA MOTORCYCLE CLUB; DAVID C. WOOD; KYRA, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; TOM VILSACK, Secretary, U.S. Department of...

  • CONSANDRA AMERSON V. CLARK COUNTY

    Feb 25, 2016 | 

    CONSANDRA AMERSON, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. CLARK COUNTY; CLARK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES; CLARK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES, Defendants - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada Roger L. Hunt, Senior District Judge, Presiding Argued and Sub...

  • LORRAINE MANATT V. STATE OF NEVADA

    Feb 25, 2016 | 

    LORRAINE MANATT, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. STATE OF NEVADA, ex rel its Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations, Defendant - Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada Larry R. Hicks, District Judge, Presiding Submitted February 8, 2016** ...

  • DEL REAL V. KAMALA HARRIS

    Feb 12, 2016 | 

    DEL REAL, LLC, a California limited liability company, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. KAMALA D. HARRIS, Attorney General, in her official capacity as California Attorney General, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Lawrence J. O’Neill, Distri...

  • TODD FREALY V. RICK REYNOLDS

    Mar 9, 2015 | 

    TODD A. FREALY, Attorney, Chapter 7 Trustee of Estate of Rick Reynolds, Appellant, v. RICK H. REYNOLDS; JOHN M. CE CARMACK, Co-Trustee of the QU Reynolds Family Trust and Co- THE Trustee of The Reynolds Family SUP Trust - Survivor’s Trust, as amended; JOHN MORRIS, Co- Trustee of the Reynolds Family Trust a...

  • UNITED STATES V. FIDEL CASTRO-VERDUGO

    May 6, 2014 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. FIDEL CASTRO-VERDUGO, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Larry A. Burns, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 7, 2014—Pasadena, California Filed May 6, 2014 Before: Alex K...

  • ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE V. PROVO CRAFT AND NOVELTY

    Apr 10, 2014 | 

    ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INC, a California corporation, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. PROVO CRAFT AND NOVELTY, INC., a Utah corporation, Defendant - Appellant. ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INC, a California corporation, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. PROVO CRAFT AND NOVELTY, INC., a Utah corporation, Defendant - Appellant. Appea...

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