President Obama has nominated Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Paul J. Watford to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Watford “has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through his work, and I am honored to nominate him to serve the American people,” the president said in his Oct. 17 nomination. “He will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the 9th Circuit bench.”
Mr. Watford is a litigation partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, with a primary focus on appellate litigation in state and federal courts. He has handled appeals involving legal issues in most major areas of the law, including administrative, antitrust, business torts, constitutional, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, land use, products liability, professional liability and securities.
Mr. Watford served as a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of Ninth Circuit from 1994-1995, and as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1995-1996. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Watford served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Major Frauds Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.