Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. | Trellis

The Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 2

Biography

The Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. is a district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama on September 8, 2014, filling the seat vacated by the Hon. Claudia Ann Wilken.

Gilliam earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1991. He then completed a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1994.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1994. The following year, he joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen as an associate. During his tenure there, he represented corporate clients in general commercial litigation matters, specializing in securities, telecommunications, antitrust, construction, and breach of contract issues.

Gilliam practiced with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen for three years, eventually leaving to become an assistant United States attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. While serving in the Office of the United States Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted cases involving securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, narcotics trafficking, firearms offenses, violent crimes, and immigration crimes. He rose through the ranks, becoming the Chief of the Securities Fraud Section in 2004.

Then, in 2006, Gilliam returned to the private sector. He accepted a position as a partner at Bingham McCutchen. He practiced with the firm for three years, counseling clients in criminal and regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, and complex commercial cases. He then moved to Covington & Burling in 2009. He performed similar work there, this time as the Vice-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. He worked in this capacity until his nomination to the bench.

Gilliam has served as a board member for the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Vincent Academy/Partners in Oakland Education.

His memberships have included the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the California Minority Counsel Program, the Charles Houston Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.

He is a recipient of the Thomas I. Atkins Civil Rights Award from the San Francisco NAACP.

During his tenure as a district judge, Gilliam acquired national attention after granting a preliminary injunction preventing the Trump Administration from redirecting funds to finance a wall along the United States-Mexico border.

Gilliam was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. When not presiding over cases, he has been a vice-moderator at Plymouth United Church of Christ as well as a member of the Membership Development Committee of the Sequoyah Country Club.

Education

J.D. from Stanford Law School (1994)

B.A. from Yale University (1991)

Career

Partner at Covington & Burling in San Francisco County, California (2009 to 2014)

Partner at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco County, California (2006 to 2009)

Chief at Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco County, California (2004 to 2006)

Assistant U.S. Attorney at Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco County, California (1999 to 2004)

Associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco County, California (1995 to 1998)

Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California with the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson in San Francisco County, California (1994 to 1995)

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