Meet Melinda L. Haag
By Stephanie Woodrow | April 12, 2022 11:56 am

Melinda Haag (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP)

Melinda L. Haag (University of California at San Diego, University of California at Berkeley School of Law) is nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. She would replace Bush holdover Joseph Russoniello, who has headed the office since 2008.

Her vitals:

  • Born in San Diego, Calif., in 1961.
  • Attended but did not receive a degree from California State University, Hayward (now California State University, East Bay).
  • Has been a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco since October 2003.
  • Worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco from February 1999 to July 2003.
  • Was a partner at the now defunct Landels, Ripley & Diamond LLP in San Francisco from September 1993 to January 1999.
  • Worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California from June 1989 to September 1993.
  • Was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles from October 1987 to June 1989.
  • Worked as a law clerk at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in San Francisco from January 1987 to June 1987.
  • Was a legal research and writing instructor at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law from September 1986 to December 1986.
  • Worked as a summer associate at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C., from June 1986 to August 1986.
  • Was a summer associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles from June 1985 to August 1985.
  • Has tried approximately 19 trials, nine as sole counsel and 10 as lead counsel.

Click here for her full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On her Office of Government Ethics questionably, Haag reported partnership draws/distribution from Orrick of $1.06 million.

On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Haag reported assets valued at $7.8 million, mostly from securities and her personal residence, and $103,800 in liabilities for a net worth of $7.7 million.


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