A. James Robertson has been a San Francisco Superior Court judge since 1995. He has served one year in the criminal division, four years as a civil trial judge and motion judge. He is currently serving as trial judge.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1960 with a Masters Degree in Economics, Judge Robertson was on active duty with the U.S. Navy for three years. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1965 and clerked for The Hon. Charles M. Merrill on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1966 Judge Robertson joined the San Francisco firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson, Falk & Rabkin, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous national class action cases until his appointment to the bench.
Judge Robertson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Law Institute (since 1978), the McFetridge American Inn of Court, and the Center for Dispute Resolution (New York City). Judge Robertson has lectured extensively to attorneys and judges in the U.S. and Australia on antitrust, class actions, civil trial law and alternative dispute resolution. He has been a speaker at the annual meeting of California Judges (Bus. & Prof. Code - 17200 et.seq.). He is chair of the Saint Francis Hospital Foundation board in San Francisco.