Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom E – 15th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102


Public Hearings

Please click the link below to join webinars (public hearings). If you are a case participant, you will join as an attendee, then you will be brought into the proceeding by court staff.

Webinar ID: 161 529 8466
Password: 526718

Join a Webinar by Phone or Other Connection

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are a case participant (attorney, party, witness, or other person who will actively participate in the hearing), it is strongly recommended that you join Zoom using the Zoom application rather than by a telephone connection.  If you must appear by telephone, the numbers posted for each judge are for the public and are listen-only, so you will need to contact the Courtroom Deputy (CRD) at least one business day before the hearing to request a Zoom invitation (which will be sent via email) in order to join the hearing as a case participant.

Phone: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)


Non-Public Hearings [Settlement Conferences]

The court will use Zoom Meetings (as opposed to Zoom Webinars) for settlement conferences and other non-public hearings.  To join a meeting, click on the link below.  You will initially enter a “waiting room” and will be admitted into the meeting by court staff.

Meeting ID: 160 317 6589
Password: 260711

Join a Meeting by Phone or Other Connection

Phone: (669) 254 5252
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)



Please review this important guidance on participating in a Zoom Webinar or Meeting.

View Judge Hixson’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Civil Law & MotionThursdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management Conferences Thursdays10:00 a.m.
Criminal Law & MotionThursdays10:00 a.m.
Criminal Duty MattersDaily During Duty Months10:30 a.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyRose Maher
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections & PDF Follow-upsSee Civil Docketing
Criminal Case DocketingSee Criminal Docketing
Multi-District Litigation (MDL) InquiriesSee Multi-District Litigation
Chambers Email for Proposed

Chambers Copy Requirements

The processing of unnecessary chambers copies wastes resources and burdens the court.  Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 5-1(d)(7), chambers copies should not be submitted unless required by the assigned judge’s standing order or specifically requested by the assigned judge.

Judges’ standing orders may include additional requirements and may differ from the local rules in other particulars.  If they are not in agreement, a judge’s standing order supersedes the local rules.

The pertinent parts of Magistrate Judge Hixson’s standing orders are set forth below:

The parties do not need to submit chambers copies, except when requested by a separate order from the Court.

Delivery Address

United States District Court
Office of the Clerk
450 Golden Gate Ave, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

About Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson

Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson joined the Court in 2018 following nearly 20 years as a litigator in private practice in San Francisco.

Before taking the bench, Magistrate Judge Hixson was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, and before then an associate and then partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, and prior to that an associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP. His practice encompassed complex litigation in federal and state courts in fields including intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition, energy regulation, water management and telecommunications. 

Magistrate Judge Hixson is a past chair of the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section (now the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association). He has contributed to the Section’s treatise, California State Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law, published by Matthew Bender. His pro bono work while in private practice included serving as counsel in a complex challenge to telecommunications marketing practices before the California Public Utilities Commission and assisting tenants facing eviction via the San Francisco Superior Court’s Housing Negotiation Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

Magistrate Judge Hixson earned his undergraduate and law degrees, both magna cum laude, from Harvard. The year after graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima in Pasadena.