The Honorable Richard A. Kramer

San Francisco Superior Court

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The Hon. Richard A. Kramer is a retired judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco, California. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1996. He retired in August 2015.

Among the high-profile cases that he handled as a judge, in 2005, Hon. Kramer made headlines when he issued a ruling striking down Proposition 22, a California ballot initiative defining marriage as only valid when between a man and a woman. Aside from that, Judge Kramer has heard hundreds of cases covering an expansive area of legal issues, like consumer and commercial financial services, employment law, antitrust, unfair business practices, taxation, insurance coverage and allocation, construction defects, interpretation of legislation, judicial review of administrative determinations, drug and medical device mass torts, water rights, environmental claims (including under California Proposition 65), and a variety of complicated contractual and business disputes.

Having proved his ability to handle complex cases when he presided over the Court's Complex Litigation Department from 2002 until 2015, the California Judicial Council appointed him as the same-sex "Marriage Cases" Coordinator.

After the bench, he continued to resolve cases by becoming an arbitrator and mediator for JAMS.


  • J.D. from University of Southern California, School of Law (1972)
  • B.A. from University of Southern California (1969) (Political science)


  • Judge at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California (1996 to 2015)
  • Justice Pro-tem at California Court of Appeal (2001 to 2001)
  • Litigation Attorney at Steefel, Levitt and Weiss (1972 to 1996)