The Honorable William Alsup

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 12

Biography

The Hon. William Alsup is a district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated to the bench by former President Bill Clinton on March 24, 1999, filling a seat vacated by the Hon. Thelton Henderson.

Alsup earned a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University in 1967. He then continued his studies, completing a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.P.P. from Harvard University in 1971.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1971. The following year, he accepted a position as an attorney at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Then, in 1978, he took a leave of absence from the firm in order to serve as assistant to the United States Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice. He served there for two years, eventually returning to Morrison & Foerster in 1980. He practiced at Morrison & Foerster for the next eighteen years but briefly left to serve a short stint as special counsel in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in 1998. Later that year, he returned once again to Morrison & Foerster. He practiced there until his nomination to the bench in 1999.

Alsup gained national attention after he granted a temporary injunction halting President Donald Trump’s rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) on January 9, 2018.

He is a recipient of the Tara L. Riedley Barristers Choice Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco (2013) as well as the Award of Recognition from Lewis and Clark Law School (2013).

Alsup was born in Jackson, Mississippi. While not presiding over cases, he enjoys exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He has written two historical accounts about the region. The first examines the 1864 expedition of the California Geological Survey, and the second investigates the 1933 disappearance of mountaineer Walter “Pete” Starr.

Recent Rulings by Hon. William Alsup

  • CTIA V. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

    Oct 27, 2011 | 

    827 F. Supp. 2d 1054 (2011) CTIA — THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, v. The CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, Defendant. No. C 10-03224 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 27, 2011. Robert Allan Mittelstaedt, Jones Day, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff. ORDER ON MOTIO...

  • ORACLE AMERICA, INC. V. GOOGLE INC.

    Sep 15, 2011 | 

    810 F. Supp. 2d 1002 (2011) ORACLE AMERICA, INC., Plaintiff, v. GOOGLE INC., Defendant. No. C 10-03561 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. September 15, 2011. David Boies, Boies Schiller & Flexner, Armonk, NY, Deborah Kay Miller, Oracle USA, Inc. Legal Department, Dorian Estelle Daley, Matt...

  • UNITED STATES V. HERRERA

    Apr 20, 2011 | 

    788 F. Supp. 2d 1026 (2011) UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. Guillermo HERRERA, et al., Defendants. No. CR 08-0730 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. April 20, 2011. Krystal N. Bowen, Bingham McCutchen, Martin Antonio Sabelli, Law Offices of Martin Sabelli, John R. Grele, Law Office...

  • XAVIER V. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.

    Apr 18, 2011 | 

    787 F. Supp. 2d 1075 (2011) Burt XAVIER and James Franklin, individually and on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., a Virginia corporation, Defendant. No. C 10-02067 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. April 18, 2011. David Bricker,...

  • MILLER V. WASHINGTON MUT. BANK FA

    Mar 8, 2011 | 

    776 F. Supp. 2d 1064 (2011) Kristen Lynn MILLER, Plaintiff, v. WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA; JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association; California Reconveyance Company; and Does 1-50, inclusive, Defendants. No. C 10-05787 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. March 8, 2011. Kristen Lynn Miller, S...

  • JADEJA V. REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, INC.

    Feb 8, 2011 | 

    764 F. Supp. 2d 1192 (2011) S.D. JADEJA, individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, INC., Redflex Traffic Systems (California), Inc., American Traffic Solutions, Inc., and Does 1-20, Defendants. No. C 10-04287 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. C...

  • CONCEPTUS, INC. V. HOLOGIC, INC.

    Dec 16, 2010 | 

    771 F. Supp. 2d 1164 (2010) CONCEPTUS, INC., Plaintiff, v. HOLOGIC, INC., Defendant. No. C 09-02280 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. December 16, 2010. Bryan K. Anderson, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto, CA, Kathleen Dunn Patterson, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco, CA, M. P...

  • HOFSTETTER V. CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC

    Oct 29, 2010 | 

    751 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (2010) Sheila I. HOFSTETTER, individually, as a representative of the class, and on behalf of the general public, Plaintiff, v. CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Does 1 through 50, inclusive, Defendants. No. C 10-01313 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. Calif...

  • MSHIFT, INC. V. DIGITAL INSIGHT CORP.

    Oct 8, 2010 | 

    747 F. Supp. 2d 1147 (2010) MSHIFT, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, v. DIGITAL INSIGHT CORPORATION, d/b/a Intuit Financial Services, a Delaware corporation, Community Trust Bank, a Louisiana corporation, Mobile Money Ventures, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability corporation, Meritrust Credit Union, ...

  • EDGE GAMES, INC. V. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.

    Oct 1, 2010 | 

    745 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (2010) EDGE GAMES, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff, v. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant. No. C 10-02614 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 1, 2010. Daniel Mcartur Shafer, Christopher D. Banys, The Lanier Law Firm, P.C., Palo Al...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. William Alsup

  • CTIA V. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

    Oct 27, 2011 | 

    827 F. Supp. 2d 1054 (2011) CTIA — THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, v. The CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, Defendant. No. C 10-03224 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 27, 2011. Robert Allan Mittelstaedt, Jones Day, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff. ORDER ON MOTIO...

  • ORACLE AMERICA, INC. V. GOOGLE INC.

    Sep 15, 2011 | 

    810 F. Supp. 2d 1002 (2011) ORACLE AMERICA, INC., Plaintiff, v. GOOGLE INC., Defendant. No. C 10-03561 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. September 15, 2011. David Boies, Boies Schiller & Flexner, Armonk, NY, Deborah Kay Miller, Oracle USA, Inc. Legal Department, Dorian Estelle Daley, Matt...

  • UNITED STATES V. HERRERA

    Apr 20, 2011 | 

    788 F. Supp. 2d 1026 (2011) UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. Guillermo HERRERA, et al., Defendants. No. CR 08-0730 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. April 20, 2011. Krystal N. Bowen, Bingham McCutchen, Martin Antonio Sabelli, Law Offices of Martin Sabelli, John R. Grele, Law Office...

  • XAVIER V. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.

    Apr 18, 2011 | 

    787 F. Supp. 2d 1075 (2011) Burt XAVIER and James Franklin, individually and on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., a Virginia corporation, Defendant. No. C 10-02067 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. April 18, 2011. David Bricker,...

  • MILLER V. WASHINGTON MUT. BANK FA

    Mar 8, 2011 | 

    776 F. Supp. 2d 1064 (2011) Kristen Lynn MILLER, Plaintiff, v. WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA; JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association; California Reconveyance Company; and Does 1-50, inclusive, Defendants. No. C 10-05787 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. March 8, 2011. Kristen Lynn Miller, S...

  • JADEJA V. REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, INC.

    Feb 8, 2011 | 

    764 F. Supp. 2d 1192 (2011) S.D. JADEJA, individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, INC., Redflex Traffic Systems (California), Inc., American Traffic Solutions, Inc., and Does 1-20, Defendants. No. C 10-04287 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. C...

  • CONCEPTUS, INC. V. HOLOGIC, INC.

    Dec 16, 2010 | 

    771 F. Supp. 2d 1164 (2010) CONCEPTUS, INC., Plaintiff, v. HOLOGIC, INC., Defendant. No. C 09-02280 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. December 16, 2010. Bryan K. Anderson, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto, CA, Kathleen Dunn Patterson, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco, CA, M. P...

  • HOFSTETTER V. CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC

    Oct 29, 2010 | 

    751 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (2010) Sheila I. HOFSTETTER, individually, as a representative of the class, and on behalf of the general public, Plaintiff, v. CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Does 1 through 50, inclusive, Defendants. No. C 10-01313 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. Calif...

  • MSHIFT, INC. V. DIGITAL INSIGHT CORP.

    Oct 8, 2010 | 

    747 F. Supp. 2d 1147 (2010) MSHIFT, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, v. DIGITAL INSIGHT CORPORATION, d/b/a Intuit Financial Services, a Delaware corporation, Community Trust Bank, a Louisiana corporation, Mobile Money Ventures, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability corporation, Meritrust Credit Union, ...

  • EDGE GAMES, INC. V. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.

    Oct 1, 2010 | 

    745 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (2010) EDGE GAMES, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff, v. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant. No. C 10-02614 WHA. United States District Court, N.D. California. October 1, 2010. Daniel Mcartur Shafer, Christopher D. Banys, The Lanier Law Firm, P.C., Palo Al...

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