The Court is pleased to announce that it has selected San Francisco civil litigator Thomas S. Hixson to fill the magistrate judgeship to be vacated in September 2018 with the retirement of Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James.

Mr. Hixson will join the Court after practicing for nearly 20 years with the San Francisco offices of law firms Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP (2014-present), Bingham McCutchen LLP (2002-2014) and McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP (1998-2002). Mr. Hixson’s practice has encompassed complex litigation in federal and state courts and regulatory agencies in fields including antitrust and unfair competition; energy regulation; water management; telecommunications; and intellectual property. At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Mr. Hixson is a partner in the Intellectual Property — Disputes practice focusing on federal computer software-related IP cases, while his practice has continued to include general complex litigation matters, including federal and state antitrust and unfair competition cases.

Mr. Hixson has, in addition to his law practice, held positions of responsibility with the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section since 2005, including serving as its Chair (2009-10). Since 2012, he has written the annual update to the chapter on the Consumers Legal Remedies Act in the Section’s treatise, California State Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law, published by Matthew Bender.

Mr. Hixson’s pro bono work has included serving as counsel in a complex challenge to phone company marketing practices before the California Public Utilities Commission and assisting tenants facing eviction via the San Francisco Superior Court’s Housing Negotiation Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in 2013-14.

Mr. Hixson earned his undergraduate and law degrees, both magna cum laude, from Harvard. The year after graduating from law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima in Pasadena.

The Court anticipates that Magistrate Judge-Select Hixson’s broad knowledge of federal law and practice, together with his strong foundation in intellectual property and antitrust law, will enhance the Court’s service to litigants in the San Francisco Division. His selection is contingent on the successful completion of a background review by the FBI.

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