The Honorable Claudia A. Wilken

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

Biography

The Hon. Claudia A. Wilken is a senior district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated to the bench by former President Bill Clinton on October 7, 1993, to fill a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089. She served as its chief judge from August 23, 2012 to December 16, 2014.

Wilken earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1971. She then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1975.

She began her legal career as a staff attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender of the Northern District of California in 1975.

Three years later, she left the public sector. She worked as an attorney in private practice until 1983, at which time she was selected to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Wilken taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law from 1978 to 1984. She also taught as a professor at the New College School of Law from 1980 to 1985.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Claudia A. Wilken

  • ROBERTS V. CR ENGLAND, INC.

    Nov 22, 2011 | 

    827 F. Supp. 2d 1078 (2011) Charles ROBERTS, an individual; and Kenneth McKay, an individual, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. C.R. ENGLAND, INC., a Utah corporation; Opportunity Leasing, Inc., a Utah corporation; and Horizon Truck Sales and Leasing, LLC., a Utah Limite...

  • WEHLAGE V. EMPRES HEALTHCARE INC.

    Oct 31, 2011 | 

    821 F. Supp. 2d 1122 (2011) Phyllis WEHLAGE, on her behalf and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. EMPRES HEALTHCARE INC., et al., Defendants. No. 10-05839 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 31, 2011. Aaron Thomas Winn, Christopher J. Healey, Luce Forward Hamilton ...

  • VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA V. CIA

    Sep 2, 2011 | 

    810 F. Supp. 2d 997 (2011) VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA; Swords to Plowshares: Veterans Rights Organization; Bruce Price; Franklin D. Rochelle; Larry Meirow; Eric P. Muth; David C. Dufrane; Tim Michael Josephs; and William Blazinski, individually, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, P...

  • IN RE TRAN

    Aug 31, 2011 | 

    814 F. Supp. 2d 946 (2011) In re: Vicki TRAN, Appellant. No. 10-03035 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. August 31, 2011. Drew Flippin Henwood, Law Offices of Drew Henwood, San Francisco, CA, for Appellant. Leonidas George Spanos, Martha G. Bronitsky, Office of Martha G. Bronitsky, Hayward,...

  • BAUDLER V. AMERICAN BAPTIST HOMES OF THE WEST

    Jul 19, 2011 | 

    798 F. Supp. 2d 1099 (2011) William A. BAUDLER, Regional Director of the Thirty-Second Region of the National Labor Relations Board, for and on behalf of the National Relations Board, Petitioner, v. AMERICAN BAPTIST HOMES OF THE WEST, doing business as Piedmont Gardens, Respondent. No. C 11-2480 CW. United...

  • SAFEWAY INC. V. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

    Jul 15, 2011 | 

    797 F. Supp. 2d 964 (2011) SAFEWAY INC., Plaintiff, v. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO; The Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco; and Edwin M. Lee, in his official capacity of Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Defendants. No. 11-00761 CW. United States District Court,...

  • PALMA V. PRUDENTIAL INS. CO.

    May 25, 2011 | 

    791 F. Supp. 2d 790 (2011) Miguel A. PALMA, Plaintiff, v. PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance, and Does 1-50, Defendants. No. 11-00957 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. May 25, 2011. Ray Francis Bourhis, Esq., Lawrence Arthur Mann, Bourhis &...

  • WEHLAGE V. EMPRES HEALTHCARE, INC.

    May 25, 2011 | 

    791 F. Supp. 2d 774 (2011) Phyllis WEHLAGE, on behalf of herself and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. EMPRES HEALTHCARE, INC.; EHC Management, LLC; EHC Financial Services, LLC; Evergreen California Healthcare, LLC; Evergreen at Arvin, LLC; Evergreen at Bakersfield, LLC; Evergreen at La...

  • ALFORD V. HUMBOLDT COUNTY

    Apr 12, 2011 | 

    785 F. Supp. 2d 867 (2011) Jacqueline ALFORD, Plaintiff, v. HUMBOLDT COUNTY; Gary Philp; City of Eureka; Chief Garr Nielsen; Deputy Greg Berry; Lieutenant George Cavinta; Sergeant William Nova; Sergeant Bryan Quenell; Deputy Jamie Barney; Lieutenant Dave Morey; and Detective Rich Schlesiger, Defendants. No...

  • EVANSTON INS. CO. V. AMERICAN SAFETY INDEM. CO.

    Feb 10, 2011 | 

    768 F. Supp. 2d 1004 (2011) EVANSTON INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN SAFETY INDEMNITY COMPANY, Defendant. No. C 10-01472 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. February 10, 2011. John B. Hook, Irene K. Yesowitch, Long & Levit LLP, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff. David Seth Blau, Law...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Claudia A. Wilken

  • ROBERTS V. CR ENGLAND, INC.

    Nov 22, 2011 | 

    827 F. Supp. 2d 1078 (2011) Charles ROBERTS, an individual; and Kenneth McKay, an individual, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. C.R. ENGLAND, INC., a Utah corporation; Opportunity Leasing, Inc., a Utah corporation; and Horizon Truck Sales and Leasing, LLC., a Utah Limite...

  • WEHLAGE V. EMPRES HEALTHCARE INC.

    Oct 31, 2011 | 

    821 F. Supp. 2d 1122 (2011) Phyllis WEHLAGE, on her behalf and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. EMPRES HEALTHCARE INC., et al., Defendants. No. 10-05839 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 31, 2011. Aaron Thomas Winn, Christopher J. Healey, Luce Forward Hamilton ...

  • VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA V. CIA

    Sep 2, 2011 | 

    810 F. Supp. 2d 997 (2011) VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA; Swords to Plowshares: Veterans Rights Organization; Bruce Price; Franklin D. Rochelle; Larry Meirow; Eric P. Muth; David C. Dufrane; Tim Michael Josephs; and William Blazinski, individually, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, P...

  • IN RE TRAN

    Aug 31, 2011 | 

    814 F. Supp. 2d 946 (2011) In re: Vicki TRAN, Appellant. No. 10-03035 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. August 31, 2011. Drew Flippin Henwood, Law Offices of Drew Henwood, San Francisco, CA, for Appellant. Leonidas George Spanos, Martha G. Bronitsky, Office of Martha G. Bronitsky, Hayward,...

  • BAUDLER V. AMERICAN BAPTIST HOMES OF THE WEST

    Jul 19, 2011 | 

    798 F. Supp. 2d 1099 (2011) William A. BAUDLER, Regional Director of the Thirty-Second Region of the National Labor Relations Board, for and on behalf of the National Relations Board, Petitioner, v. AMERICAN BAPTIST HOMES OF THE WEST, doing business as Piedmont Gardens, Respondent. No. C 11-2480 CW. United...

  • SAFEWAY INC. V. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

    Jul 15, 2011 | 

    797 F. Supp. 2d 964 (2011) SAFEWAY INC., Plaintiff, v. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO; The Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco; and Edwin M. Lee, in his official capacity of Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Defendants. No. 11-00761 CW. United States District Court,...

  • PALMA V. PRUDENTIAL INS. CO.

    May 25, 2011 | 

    791 F. Supp. 2d 790 (2011) Miguel A. PALMA, Plaintiff, v. PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance, and Does 1-50, Defendants. No. 11-00957 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. May 25, 2011. Ray Francis Bourhis, Esq., Lawrence Arthur Mann, Bourhis &...

  • WEHLAGE V. EMPRES HEALTHCARE, INC.

    May 25, 2011 | 

    791 F. Supp. 2d 774 (2011) Phyllis WEHLAGE, on behalf of herself and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. EMPRES HEALTHCARE, INC.; EHC Management, LLC; EHC Financial Services, LLC; Evergreen California Healthcare, LLC; Evergreen at Arvin, LLC; Evergreen at Bakersfield, LLC; Evergreen at La...

  • ALFORD V. HUMBOLDT COUNTY

    Apr 12, 2011 | 

    785 F. Supp. 2d 867 (2011) Jacqueline ALFORD, Plaintiff, v. HUMBOLDT COUNTY; Gary Philp; City of Eureka; Chief Garr Nielsen; Deputy Greg Berry; Lieutenant George Cavinta; Sergeant William Nova; Sergeant Bryan Quenell; Deputy Jamie Barney; Lieutenant Dave Morey; and Detective Rich Schlesiger, Defendants. No...

  • EVANSTON INS. CO. V. AMERICAN SAFETY INDEM. CO.

    Feb 10, 2011 | 

    768 F. Supp. 2d 1004 (2011) EVANSTON INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN SAFETY INDEMNITY COMPANY, Defendant. No. C 10-01472 CW. United States District Court, N.D. California. February 10, 2011. John B. Hook, Irene K. Yesowitch, Long & Levit LLP, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff. David Seth Blau, Law...

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