Sedgwick San Francisco Honors Retiring Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker
Sedgwick’s San Francisco office hosted a cocktail reception February 24 to honor Judge Vaughn Walker, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, who retired this month. Nearly 100 attendees, including Sedgwick’s San Francisco attorneys, clients and friends, California public officials, including current and former judges of the federal and bankruptcy courts, and other distinguished members of the legal community toasted Judge Walker's career. Sedgwick partner Kevin Dunne was the host for the evening and eloquently summarized the impact of Judge Walker’s career. The judge thanked Dunne and Sedgwick for hosting the reception and spoke on the importance of not judging lawyers by the clients they represent. Sedgwick partner Gregory Read also toasted Judge Walker and thanked him for a noteworthy career.
“Sedgwick was proud to host a reception in Judge Walker’s honor,” said Sedgwick San Francisco Office Managing Partner Michael Healy. “In his decades of service to the courts, he has greatly impacted the legal landscape of California. Sedgwick attorneys have worked with Judge Walker in the courtroom on several accounts, and we consider it an honor to celebrate his influential legal career.”
In 1989, Judge Walker was confirmed by the Senate to fill a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. During the past 21 years, Judge Walker has presided over many notable cases, including the NSA warrantless surveillance lawsuit, Apple v. Microsoft copyright infringement action and the highly publicized Proposition 8 case.