Judge William B. Enright | Trellis

The Honorable William B. Enright

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Department retired

Biography

The Hon. William B. Enright (Ret.) was a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. He was nominated by President Richard Nixon in June 1972 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate that same month. At the time of his confirmation, he filled the seat vacated by the Hon. J. Clifford Wallace. Enright assumed senior status in July 1990 and retired from the federal bench in 2001.

Enright served in the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II beginning in 1943. He continued his service in the U.S. Navy Reserve JAG Corps from 1947 to 1962.

He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1947. He went on to earn his LL.B. from Loyola Law School in 1950.

His legal career began at the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, where he served as a deputy district attorney form 1951 to 1954.

Enright left the public sector in 1954 to enter into private practice, where he remained until receiving the call to the federal bench in 1972.

During his legal career, Enright was an active member and supporter of the American Inns of Court. He was a founding member of the Louis Welsh American Inn of Court and also helped establish other Inns in California and across the country. In 1991, the William B. Enright chapter of the American Inns of Court was established in his honor. Enright, who serves as an Emeritus Trustee of the American Inns of Court Foundation, was awarded the Chairman Award by the Foundation in 1987, and, at the time, was the only Californian to receive the award. He also received the American Inns of Court Circuit Professionalism Award from the Ninth Circuit in 2002.

He served as past-president of Defenders, Inc and the San Diego Bar Association, and he was the vice-president of the State Bar of California. He was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He was also an active member of his community serving on the Rotary Club, the United Crusade, the Big Brothers, and the Urban Coalition.

Enright was born in New York, New York. His son, the Hon. Kevin A. Enright, has also served as a judge for the San Diego County Superior Court.

Education

LL.B. from Loyola Law School (1950)

A.B. from Dartmouth College (1947)

Career

U.S. District Judge at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego County, California (1972 to 2001)

Attorney at Private Practice in San Diego County, California (1954 to 1972)

Deputy District Attorney at San Diego County District Attorney's Office in San Diego County, California (1951 to 1954)

Recent Rulings by Hon William B. Enright

  • LOCKWOOD V. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.

    Dec 1, 1994 | 

    877 F. Supp. 500 (1994) Lawrence B. LOCKWOOD, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC., Defendant. Civ. No. 91-1640-E(CM). United States District Court, S.D. California. December 1, 1994. Robert M. Taylor, Jr., Corrine M. Freeman, James P. Brogan, Lyon & Lyon, Costa Mesa, CA, Douglas E. Olson, La Jolla, CA, f...

  • FIRST SAN DIEGO PROPERTIES V. EXXON CO.

    Jul 25, 1994 | 

    859 F. Supp. 1313 (1994) FIRST SAN DIEGO PROPERTIES, Plaintiff, v. EXXON COMPANY, et al., Defendants. Civ. No. 93-1429-E(BTM). United States District Court, S.D. California. July 25, 1994. McClintock, Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish, John M. Rochefort, Samuel Taylor, Mark Koorenny, Los An...

  • LOCKWOOD V. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.

    Mar 10, 1994 | 

    847 F. Supp. 777 (1994) Lawrence B. LOCKWOOD, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC., Defendant. Civ. No. 91-1640-E(CM). United States District Court, S.D. California. March 10, 1994. Robert A. Taylor, Jr., Allan W. Jansen and Corrine M. Freeman of Lyon & Lyon, Costa Mesa, CA, and Douglas E. Olson of Lyon &...

  • FLEMING V. CARPENTERS/CONTRACTORS COOPERATION COM.

    Sep 9, 1993 | 

    834 F. Supp. 323 (1993) Daniel S. FLEMING, et al., Plaintiffs, v. CARPENTERS/CONTRACTORS COOPERATION COMMITTEE, INC., Defendant. Civ. No. 93-0341-E(CM). United States District Court, S.D. California. September 9, 1993. Michael E. Merrill, Stephen J. Schultz, Mark T. Bennett, Merrill, Schultz & Wolds, Ltd.,...

  • SURE-SAFE INDUSTRIES, INC. V. C & R PIER MFG.

    Aug 6, 1993 | 

    851 F. Supp. 1469 (1993) SURE-SAFE INDUSTRIES, INC., Intertrack Management, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. C & R PIER MFG., Richard Clifton, and Chuck Giles, Defendants. Civ. No. 92-1050-E(LSP). United States District Court, S.D. California. August 6, 1993. Jerome Norris, Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, Washington,...

  • LOCKWOOD V. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.

    Jul 30, 1993 | 

    834 F. Supp. 1246 (1993) Lawrence B. LOCKWOOD, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC., Defendant. Civ. No. 91-1640-E(CM). United States District Court, S.D. California. July 30, 1993. Robert A. Taylor, Jr., Allan W. Jansen and Corrine M. Freeman of Lyon & Lyon, Costa Mesa, CA, and Douglas E. Olson of Lyon &...

  • SURE SAFE INDUSTRIES, INC. V. C & R PIER MFG.

    Jul 27, 1993 | 

    832 F. Supp. 293 (1993) SURE SAFE INDUSTRIES, INC., Intertrack Management, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. C & R PIER MFG., Richard Clifton, & Chuck Giles, Defendants. Civ. No. 92-1050-E (LSP). United States District Court, S.D. California. July 27, 1993. Jerome Norris, Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, Washington, DC...

  • SURESAFE INDUSTRIES, INC. V. C & R PIER MFG.

    Apr 28, 1993 | 

    850 F. Supp. 869 (1993) SURESAFE INDUSTRIES, INC. Intertrack Management, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. C & R PIER MFG., Richard Clifton, & Chuck Giles, Defendants. Civ. No. 92-1050-E(LSP). United States District Court, S.D. California. April 28, 1993. Jerome Norris, Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, Washington, DC, ...

  • BROOKTREE CORP. V. ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.

    Dec 21, 1990 | 

    757 F. Supp. 1101 (1990) BROOKTREE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, v. ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC., Defendant. Civ. No. 88-1750-E (CM). United States District Court, S.D. California. December 21, 1990. David E. Monahan and John Allcock, Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, San Diego, Cal., Ellsworth Roston, Los Angeles, Cal.,...

  • IN RE MDC HOLDINGS SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Dec 12, 1990 | 

    754 F. Supp. 785 (1990) In re MDC HOLDINGS SECURITIES LITIGATION. This Document Relates to: ALL ACTIONS. Civ. No. 89-0090-E(BTM). United States District Court, S.D. California. November 21, 1990. As Amended December 12, 1990. William S. Lerach, Patrick J. Coughlin, Helen J. Hodges, Michael R. McCabe, Milbe...

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