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The Hon. Joseph M. Quinn is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on March 27, 2015, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John E. Munter.
Quinn earned a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.
Quinn began his legal career as a trial attorney for the Federal Defenders of San Diego in 1994. The following year, he joined the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, where he clerked for the Hon. Eugene F. Lynch (Ret.). During the time between his clerkships, he also briefly worked as an associate at Jackson, Tufts, Cole, and Black.
Quinn settled into the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County in 1997. As a principal trial attorney, he was a member of the legal team that defended a city ordinance requiring city contractors to provide equal benefits to their employees with domestic partners.
Quinn left the Office of the District Attorney in 2001, taking a position as an associate with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, and Rabkin. Two years later he moved to Meyers Nave, where worked as principal and chair of the appellate practice group. Then, in 2010, he joined Hanson Bridgett as a partner. During his tenure at Hanson Bridgett, Quinn represented public agencies and private entities in trial and appellate courts, where he specialized in business and contract law, consumer protection, class actions, elections and political law, civil rights defense, government organization and responsibility, labor and employment, as well as public revenue and taxation cases.
Quinn has worked as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College in California as well as Golden Gate University School of Law.
He is a recipient of the Crusader Award from the California Alliance for Pride and Equality. He has also been honored by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco for defending the City’s Equal Benefits Ordinance.
Quinn has served as a director of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, a non-profit legal services organization founded by his grandmother. His memberships include the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, as well as Joseph M. Quinn Partner Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.
Quinn is married to James M. Humes, the presiding justice of Division One of the First District Court of Appeal.
Quinn is registered as a Democrat.
J.D. from University of California, Berkeley (1994)
B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1990) (Philosophy, Political Science)
Partner at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco County, California (2010 to 2015)
Principal at Meyers Nave (2003 to 2010)
Associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin in San Francisco County, California (2001 to 2003)
Principal Trial Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in San Francisco County, California (1997 to 2001)
Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1996 to 1997)
Associate at Jackson, Tufts, Cole and Black in San Francisco County, California (1996 to 1996)
Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1995 to 1996)
Trial Attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego in San Diego County, California (1994 to 1995)