Judge Dabney L. Friedrich was appointed to the District Court in December 2017. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics from Trinity University in 1988. Judge Friedrich then received a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University in 1989 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992.
After law school, Judge Friedrich served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Following her clerkship, she was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego from 1994 until 1995. From 1995 until 2002, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and beginning in 1998, in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2002, Judge Friedrich joined the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 2003 until 2006, she served as an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. In 2006, Judge Friedrich joined the United States Sentencing Commission where she served as a Commissioner until 2017.