Judge William Foster Highberger received his A.B. in public and international affairs from Princeton University in 1972 and his J.D. from Columbia University in 1975. During law school, he served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, he clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable William H. Timbers. He passed the California bar in 1976 and began working at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, becoming partner in 1983, where he practiced employment law and litigation. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in 1998. He is married to Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl who is also on the bench of the Los Angeles Superior Court.