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The Honorable Richard B. Ulmer, Jr.

San Francisco Superior Court, Department 306 (website)

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San Francisco Superior Court, Department 306 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (415) 551-3846

Court Reporter: +1 (415) 551-3765

Bailiff: +1 (415) 551-3737


The Hon. Richard B. Ulmer, Jr. is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 11, 2009, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Philip J. Moscone.

Ulmer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He then earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1986.

Ulmer began his legal career as an associate with McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown, and Emerson in 1986. Nine years later he joined Latham and Watkins as a partner, where he worked closely for former U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield. During his tenure at Latham and Watkins, Ulmer handled complex cases for large high-tech and biotech companies, including Adobe, Affymetrix, Apple, Genentech, Lexmark, and National Semiconductor.

Ulmer was awarded the California Lawyer of the Year Award in 2006 for his work with the Prison Law Office to investigate the conditions in the California Youth Authority.

He was born in southeast Kansas. He was the oldest of seven children, the son of school teachers. His family moved to southwest Iowa, where he graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ulmer was previously registered as a Republican.

He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants. He enjoys running marathons and is the founder of the San Francisco Road Runners Club.


J.D. from Stanford University (1986)

Bachelor's degree from University of Nebraska


Partner at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco County, California (1995 to 2009)

Associate at McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown and Emerson in San Francisco County, California (1986 to 1995)

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