Fredric Woocher

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Fredric Woocher Senior Counsel


FREDRIC D. WOOCHER entered private practice after serving two years as Special Counsel to California Attorney General John Van de Kamp, whom he represented and advised on government ethics, environmental law, and consumer‑protection issues, including the implementation of Proposition 103.

Before his government service, Mr. Woocher spent seven years with the Center for Law in the Public Interest, litigating a broad range of public interest issues involving land use, environmental law, hazardous substances regulation, First Amendment protection, and civil rights cases. He is an acknowledged authority on the initiative and referendum process and on campaign financing issues.

Mr. Woocher has successfully argued before both the U.S. and California Supreme Courts as well as other appellate and trial courts. He served as Chair of the State Bar's Committee on Human Rights, as a member of the State Bar Committee on the Environment, and as a member of the Los Angeles County Judicial Evaluations Committee. He is a graduate of Yale University (A.B.) and Stanford (Ph.D., J.D.), and was President of the Stanford Law Review. Mr. Woocher was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mr. Woocher was nominated by President Clinton to serve as United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California, but the nomination expired when the Senate adjourned without having taken action to confirm his nomination.