MANAGING ANTITRUST AND COMPLEX BUSINESS TRIALSâA VIEW FROM THE BENCH
By Elizabeth Tran Castillo1
In 2019, the Golden State Institute continued the tradition of hosting a panel of judges with backgrounds and experiences of managing antitrust and complex business litigation and trials. Three distinguished Northern District of California juristsâJudge Vince Chhabria, Judge Haywood Gilliam, and Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corleyâ offered their insights and perspectives on these issues in a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Castillo.
- Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. serves as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Gilliam received his commission in December 2014. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 1991 and received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1994. After law school, Judge Gilliam clerked for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, then the ChiefJudge for the Northern District of California. Judge Gilliam was in private practice from 1995 to 1998 and worked at the U.S. Attorney’s San Francisco Office from 1999 to 2006, ultimately serving as Chief of the Securities Fraud Section. Before his appointment, Judge Gilliam’s law practice focused on white collar criminal and regulatory matters and internal investigations.
- Judge Vince Chhabria serves as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Chhabria was nominated by Barack Obama on July 25, 2013 and confirmed by the Senate on March 5, 2014. Before taking the bench, he was chief of appellate litigation for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, as well as a deputy on the Government Litigation Team for that office. Prior to joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, he worked in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling, where he focused primarily on criminal defense litigation. He served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during the 2001-2002 term. Before that, he clerked for James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit and Charles Breyer on the Northern District of California.
- Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has been on the federal bench since 2011 and has presided over nearly every type of civil action at all stages of the proceedings, from motions to dismiss through jury trial. She has also served as a settlement judge in hundreds of cases. She currently serves as the Northern District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Magistrate Judge, in charge of coordinating the alternative dispute resolution program with the Court. Just prior to taking the bench, Judge Corley was a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLP. From 1998 through 2009 Judge Corley served as a career law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer. She also served on the Northern District of California Alternative Dispute Resolution mediation and early neutral evaluation panels from 2006 through her appointment. Judge Corley received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an editor and Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review.