The Honorable Gary S. Austin

U.S. District Court, E. District of California, Department 1

Biography

The Hon. Gary S. Austin is a recalled U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division. He was appointed to the District Court in 2007 and retired in 2015. Since his retirement from the District Court, Judge Austin has served as a recalled magistrate.

He graduated with his B.A. in speech communication from California State University, Fresno in 1972. Austin went on to earn his J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law in 1976.

After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. M.D. Crocker with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The following year, Austin became a deputy district attorney with the Fresno County District Attorney's Office after briefly serving as a staff attorney with the U.S. Federal Defender's Office in the Eastern District. During his tenure with the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, Austin would serve as senior deputy district attorney and lead attorney in the Career Criminal Unit from 1984 until 1986.

Then, in 1986, Austin became a judge for the Fresno County Municipal Court and two years later was elevated to the Fresno County Superior Court. During his tenure on the Superior Court bench, Austin served as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division. He remained on the state bench until his appointment to the District Court in 2007.

While on the District Court, Judge Austin served as the chair of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judge's Education Committee.

Some of his memberships have included the California Judges Association, the County of Fresno Law Library, the Fresno County Bar Association, and the California State Bar Association. He has also served as a board member of the San Joaquin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Some of his hobbies have included playing tennis and snow skiing.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Gary S. Austin

  • HOLTZCLAW V. CERTAINTEED CORP.

    Jun 8, 2011 | 

    795 F. Supp. 2d 996 (2011) Eddie HOLTZCLAW, Plaintiff, v. CERTAINTEED CORPORATION, and Does 1 through 50, inclusive, Defendants. No. 1:09-cv-01599 GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. June 8, 2011. Eric P. Oren, Law Offices of Eric P. Oren, Inc., Fresno, CA, for Plaintiff. Mark S. Askanas, R...

  • CAMPOS V. CITY OF MERCED

    Apr 28, 2010 | 

    709 F. Supp. 2d 944 (2010) Joseph CAMPOS, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF MERCED, et al., Defendants. No. 1:08-cv-00001 GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. April 28, 2010. Eric Paul Escamilla, Law Office of Eric P. Escamilla, Fresno, CA, for Plaintiff. Dale Long Allen, Jr., Dirk Donald Larsen, Low Ba...

  • ALLEN V. WOODFORD

    Feb 20, 2008 | 

    (2008) Brenda ALLEN, Plaintiff, v. Jeanne WOODFORD, et al., Defendants. No. 1:05-CV-01104 OWW GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. February 20, 2008. ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS GARY S. AUSTIN, United States Magistrate Judge. INTRODUCTION On December 13, 200...

  • LOPEZ V. BNSF RY. CO.

    Dec 7, 2007 | 

    (2007) Mary G. LOPEZ, et al., Plaintiff, v. BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY, et al., Defendants. No. 1:07-cv-01417 OWW GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. December 7, 2007. ORDER DENYING MOTION TO REMAND GARY S. AUSTIN, United States Magistrate Judge. Plaintiffs Mary G. Lopez, et al. ("Plaintiffs") fi...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Gary S. Austin

  • HOLTZCLAW V. CERTAINTEED CORP.

    Jun 8, 2011 | 

    795 F. Supp. 2d 996 (2011) Eddie HOLTZCLAW, Plaintiff, v. CERTAINTEED CORPORATION, and Does 1 through 50, inclusive, Defendants. No. 1:09-cv-01599 GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. June 8, 2011. Eric P. Oren, Law Offices of Eric P. Oren, Inc., Fresno, CA, for Plaintiff. Mark S. Askanas, R...

  • CAMPOS V. CITY OF MERCED

    Apr 28, 2010 | 

    709 F. Supp. 2d 944 (2010) Joseph CAMPOS, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF MERCED, et al., Defendants. No. 1:08-cv-00001 GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. April 28, 2010. Eric Paul Escamilla, Law Office of Eric P. Escamilla, Fresno, CA, for Plaintiff. Dale Long Allen, Jr., Dirk Donald Larsen, Low Ba...

  • ALLEN V. WOODFORD

    Feb 20, 2008 | 

    (2008) Brenda ALLEN, Plaintiff, v. Jeanne WOODFORD, et al., Defendants. No. 1:05-CV-01104 OWW GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. February 20, 2008. ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS GARY S. AUSTIN, United States Magistrate Judge. INTRODUCTION On December 13, 200...

  • LOPEZ V. BNSF RY. CO.

    Dec 7, 2007 | 

    (2007) Mary G. LOPEZ, et al., Plaintiff, v. BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY, et al., Defendants. No. 1:07-cv-01417 OWW GSA. United States District Court, E.D. California. December 7, 2007. ORDER DENYING MOTION TO REMAND GARY S. AUSTIN, United States Magistrate Judge. Plaintiffs Mary G. Lopez, et al. ("Plaintiffs") fi...

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