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The Honorable Vince Chhabria

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 4

Biography

The Hon. Vince G. Chhabria is a district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama on July 25, 2013, filling a seat vacated by the Hon. Susan Illston.

Chhabria earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991. He then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1998.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1998. The following year, he completed another clerkship, this time with the Hon. James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Then, in 2001, he entered the private sector. He accepted a position as an associate at Keker & Van Nest. He worked there briefly, quickly leaving to clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. After his clerkship, he returned to the private sector, working as an associate at Covington & Burling from 2002 to 2004.

Chhabria joined the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco in 2005. During his eight-year tenure there, he served as a deputy city attorney for government litigation as well as the co-chief of appellate litigation. He was responsible for representing the city in the defense of its health insurance law as well as the adoption rights of same-sex couples.

He was named Young Public Lawyer of the Year (2008) by the International Municipal Lawyers Association and California Lawyer of the Year (2009) by The Recorder. He has also been a member of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

He was born in San Francisco, California to a father from Mumbai and a mother from Quebec. As such, he was the first Indian American to serve as an Article III judge on a federal court in California.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1998)

B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz (1991)

Career

Deputy City Attorney at Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco in San Francisco County, California (2005 to 2013)

Associate at Covington & Burling (2002 to 2004)

Law Clerk at Superior Court of California with Justice Stephen G. Breyer in Washington, D.C. (2001 to 2002)

Associate at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco County, California (2001 to 2001)

Law Clerk at United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with the Hon. James R. Browning in San Francisco County, California (1999 to 2000)

Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California with the Hon. Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco County, California (1998 to 1999)

Recent Rulings by Hon Vince Chhabria

  • MIGUEL PACHECO-MIRANDA V. JEFFERSON SESSIONS

    Aug 11, 2017 | 

    MIGUEL PACHECO-MIRANDA, Petitioner, v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of a D Department of Homeland Se Argued and Submitted July Portland, Oregon Challenges to the reinstatement of a prior forms. They may directly attack the reinstatement appellate review is...

  • STERLING SAVINGS BANK V. THORNBURGH RESORT CO.

    Jul 25, 2017 | 

    STERLING SAVINGS BANK, a Washington chartered commercial bank, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. THORNBURGH RESORT COMPANY, an Oregon limited liability company, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Garr M. King, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted Jul...

  • THOMAS HOY V. YAMHILL COUNTY

    Jul 14, 2017 | 

    THOMAS C. HOY, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. YAMHILL COUNTY, a public municipality; et al., Defendants-Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Marco A. Hernández, District Judge, Presiding Submitted July 10, 2017** Portland, Oregon Before: WATFORD and OWENS, Circuit Jud...

  • CONTINENTAL CASUALTY CO. V. KOOL RADIATORS INC.

    Apr 25, 2017 | 

    CONTINENTAL CASUALTY COMPANY, an Illinois corporation, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. KOOL RADIATORS INCORPORATED, an Arizona corporation, Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona John Joseph Tuchi, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted April 3, 2017 Pa...

  • HECTOR MONTANO V. BONNIE BRAE CONVALESCENT HOSP.

    Apr 7, 2017 | 

    HECTOR MONTANO, an individual, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. BONNIE BRAE CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, INC., Defendant-Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Fernando M. Olguin, District Judge, Presiding Submitted April 3, 2017** Pasadena, California Before: BEA an...

  • SHOUCHEN YANG V. LORETTA E. LYNCH

    May 19, 2016 | 

    SHOUCHEN YANG, Petitioner, v. LORETTA E. LYNCH, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of t Board of Immigration Appeals Argued and Submitted November 4, 2015 University of California, Los Angeles Filed May 19, 2016 Before: Mary M. Schroeder and Michelle T. Friedland, Circuit Judg...

  • SHOUCHEN YANG V. LORETTA E. LYNCH

    Feb 26, 2016 | 

    SHOUCHEN YANG, Petitioner, v. LORETTA E. LYNCH, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of t Board of Immigration Appeals Argued and Submitted November 4, 2015—University of California, Los An Filed February 26, 2016 Before: Mary M. Schroeder and Michelle T. Friedland, Circuit Judg...

  • UNITED STATES V. EMILIO REYES-BOSQUE

    Dec 9, 2015 | 

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. EMILIO REYES-BOSQUE, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Roger T. Benitez, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted November 4, 2015 University of California, Los Angeles Before:...

  • RUBEN GONZALES V. UNUM LIFE INS CO OF AMERICA

    Nov 18, 2015 | 

    RUBEN GONZALES, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA; et al., Defendants - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Anthony J. Battaglia, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted November 5, 2015 Pasadena, California B...

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