Vaughn Walker

Vaughn R. Walker is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He became a member of the court in 1989. He has been the Chief Judge of the court since 2004.

Judge Walker was a longtime business lawyer in San Francisco. Among his rulings, he has required law firms to bid for the status of lead counsel in securities class-action suits. His rulings have overturned San Francisco's voter-approved limits on bank ATM fees, dismissed a slave-labor suit against Japanese companies by former World War II prisoners of war and allowed reporters to watch all stages of lethal injection executions.


University of Michigan, 1966.

Stanford Law School, 1970.

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