About FERC Directory of Judges
Judge Michael Haubner
Judge Haubner assumed the bench at FERC on January 14, 2013. He previously served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration, beginning in September 1996. Before his judicial appointment he was in private practice in San Diego, California, served as a Superior-Court Arbitrator, and a Settlement Judge pro tem.
Judge Haubnerís trial experience includes active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate Generalís Corps from 1981 to 1985. During his last two years in that capacity he was assigned as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. He also served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm. Judge Haubner retired from the Reserve in 2003 as a Navy Captain (the equivalent of a full Colonel). Following his original tour of duty he was the senior trial associate in a prominent San Diego business-law firm. Thereafter, he served as in-house litigation counsel for a major industrial insurer and later ran his own law firm.
Among his scholarly achievements, Judge Haubner has been an adjunct law professor and is the author of over thirty professional articles. For six years he was the Editor-In-Chief of Dicta Magazine (the San Diego County Bar Journal). He graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1981 and received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Political Science and Business Management from Maryville University of St. Louis. He completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy program on Expert Witnesses and the National Judicial Collegeís Civil Mediation Training.