Jon S. Tigar

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Jon Steven Tigar
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Assumed office
January 18, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded bySaundra Brown Armstrong
Personal details
Jon Steven Tigar

(1962-10-08) October 8, 1962 (age 56)
London, United Kingdom
EducationWilliams College (B.A.)
UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)

Jon Steven Tigar (born October 8, 1962) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Tigar was born in London, England in 1962.[1] His father is retired law professor Michael Tigar, who became well-known by representing Oklahoma City Bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols.[2] Tigar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Williams College and a Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from UC Berkeley School of Law.[3] He graduated Order of the Coif,[1] was an Articles Editor of the California Law Review, and served as a Research Assistant to Professor Melvin Eisenberg. In 1989, Tigar served as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judge Robert Smith Vance.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

From 1990 until 1992, Tigar served as a litigation associate for the law firm Morrison & Foerster. He then served as a public defender in San Francisco from 1993 until 1994[3] Tigar practiced complex commercial litigation at the law firm Keker & Van Nest from 1994 until 2002.[3] From 2002 to 2013, Tigar served as a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court.[3] Tigar is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the forthcoming Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss.[4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 11, 2012, President Obama nominated Tigar to be a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, taking the seat vacated by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who took senior status on March 23, 2012.[3] The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on his nomination on July 11, 2012, and reported his nomination to the floor on August 2. The Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent on December 21, 2012, and he received his commission on January 18, 2013.[4]

Notable decisions[edit]

On July 24, 2019 Tigar issued a nationwide injunction that barred the Trump administration from denying asylum to persons who crossed through but did not apply for asylum in a third country. In August, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit narrowed Tigar's injunction to only the Ninth Circuit. On September 9, 2019, Tigar reinstated the nationwide scope of the injunction. The Supreme Court stayed both orders in full on 9/11/2019.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire" (PDF).
  2. ^ Yulico, Nick (December 28, 2001). "Davis Nominates Santa Clara Judge to Sixth District Court of Appeal". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US District Court". 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Tigar, Jon Steven – Federal Judicial Center".
  5. ^ de Vogue, Ariane; Shoichet, Catherine E.; Sutton, Joe (2018-11-20). "Judge blocks Trump administration from denying asylum claims to immigrants who cross border illegally..Supreme court smacked him down again 9/11/2019". CNN. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. ^ Sacchetti, Maria; Stanley-Becker, Isaac (2018-11-20). "In blow to Trump's immigration agenda, federal judge blocks asylum ban for migrants who enter illegally from Mexico". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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Preceded by
Saundra Brown Armstrong
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California