Senate Confirms Robert Steven Huie to the Southern District

Updated: Jul 5


Hon. Robert S. Huie
Hon. Robert S. Huie

On June 9, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Steven Huie as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California. Judge Huie fills the seat formerly held by Judge Michael A. Anello, who took senior status in October 2018.


Born in Albany, Georgia, Judge Huie received his B.A. from Calvin College in 1998 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2002. After law school, Judge Huie worked for Wiggin & Dana LLP in New Haven before clerking for the Honorable José A. Cabranes on the Second Circuit from 2003 to 2004.


Following his clerkship, Judge Huie practiced as an Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Diego until 2008. He then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds and Public Corruption Section. During his twelve years with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Judge Huie was counsel of record in over 600 district court cases and the lead counsel in approximately two dozen appeals. From 2015 to 2018, Judge Huie worked for the Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance & Training as a legal advisor at the U.S. Embassies in Albania and Algeria. In that role, he worked under the direction of the U.S. Ambassadors to provide their host countries with technical assistance and training on counterterrorism laws and regulations.


Finally, before his confirmation, Judge Huie served as Of Counsel in Jones Day's San Diego office as part of the firm's Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Group. He also chaired the office's Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee and served as its pro bono coordinator.


In a statement, Chief District Judge Dana M. Sabraw welcomed Judge Huie to the Southern District's bench:


Rob Huie is an exceptional choice. He’s an exceptionally kind, gracious and warm person. He has both sterling credentials and a well-rounded criminal and civil practice background, as a former federal prosecutor and white collar defense attorney at Jones Day. He is well known in our District and highly respected. My colleagues and I are so pleased he will be joining our bench.


Judge Huie is the fourth district judge to join the Southern District in 2022. He joins recently appointed Judges Ruth Bermudez Montenegro, Jinsook Ohta, and Linda Lopez.