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The Honorable Stuart R. Pollak

1st District Court of Appeal, Department - (website)

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1st District Court of Appeal, Department - (website)


The Hon. Stuart Robert Pollak is an Associate Justice of the California First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, in San Francisco, California. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2002.

Justice Pollak served as a trial judge for 20 years where he was known for presiding over several high-profile and controversial cases. In 1995, he presided over the case where it was ruled that the University of California, San Francisco could release formerly confidential research reports on the negative health effects of smoking tobacco. In 2000, he presided over a case of racial discrimination against the nation's largest wholesale bakery, where the jury issued a verdict of $120 million for a group of black employees. Moreover, in 2000, Justice Pollak ruled in favor of eBay on the issue of liability for bootlegged music sold on its website.

He is married and has four children.


LL.B from Harvard Law School (1962)

Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University (1959)


Judge at Superior Court of San Francisco County in San Francisco, California (1982 to 2002)

Partner at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady & Pollak (1968 to 1982)

Associate at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady & Pollak (1965 to 1968)

Staff at President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (from 1964)

Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General at United States Department of Justice - Criminal Division (1963 to 1965)

Law Clerk at Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justices Stanley Reed and Harold Burton (1962 to 1963)

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