Justice Siggins was appointed to the Court of Appeal by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2005, and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on January 6, 2006. Prior to his appointment he served as the Governor's Legal Affairs Secretary (2003-2005) and Interim Chief of Staff (September to November 2005). Before going to work for Governor Schwarzenegger, Justice Siggins was employed in the Attorney General's Office of the California Department of Justice from 1988 until 2003.
Justice Siggins began his career in the Attorney General's Office as a deputy attorney general in the Correctional Law Section where he defended correctional officials and agencies in trials and appeals challenging state correctional policies, practices and conditions of confinement. In 1995 he became Senior Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Correctional Law Section statewide. In 1999, Justice Siggins was named Chief Deputy Attorney General for Legal Affairs by Attorney General Bill Lockyer. As Chief Deputy Attorney General, he was responsible for the oversight and operation of the California Attorney General's Office. He remained Chief Deputy until he left the Department of Justice to join the Governor's Office in 2003.
Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Justice Siggins practiced general civil litigation and maritime law in San Francisco with the firm of Acret & Perrochet (1980-1983), as a sole practitioner (1983-1985), and in the two lawyer firm of German & Siggins (1985-1988).
He is a native San Franciscan, and graduate of St. Ignatius High School (1973). He graduated from Loyola Marymount University (B.A. 1977), and Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1980). In 2004, Justice Siggins was recognized by California Lawyer Magazine as an Attorney of the Year for achievement in Government/Public Policy, and he was twice named one of the state's 100 most influential lawyers by the Daily Journal (2004/2005). In 2003, Justice Siggins received the Conference of Western Attorneys General Nelson Kempsky Award for outstanding leadership and management of an attorney general's office.
Justice Siggins serves on several committees and work groups sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts dealing with coordination of issues faced by federal and state courts, judicial compensation, judicial education and the electronic filing of legal documents. He was last retained in office by the voters in the 2006 general election.
Justice Siggins is a member of the Board of Trustees of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and a member of the Commonwealth Club of California. He and his wife Veronique Laband Siggins (1981) live in Marin County and have two sons and two daughters.