The Honorable Richard A. Kramer

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Richard A. Kramer (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Pete Wilson in 1996, presiding over the felony trial department and the general civil trial department. He retired in August 2015.

Kramer attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a B.A. in political science in 1969. He then continued his studies at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, receiving a J.D. in 1972.

He began his legal career working as a civil litigator with Steefel, Levitt, and Weiss. During his tenure there, he represented clients in the banking industry, where he handled class actions, environmental cases, employment cases, construction disputes, SEC Enforcement Division investigations, fraud cases, and banking matters.

Kramer received national attention after issuing a ruling against Proposition 22, a ballot initiative in California that defined heterosexual marriage as the only valid and recognized form of marriage in California.

He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Kramer was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

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