Born on 6-10-1951 at Peddur. Did B.Sc. from First Grade College, Chintamani, Mysore University in 1971-72, and LL.B. from SJRLC, Bangalore, Bangalore University in 1975. Enrolled as an Advocate on 14-11-1975 and joined the chambers of Sri K. Subba Rao and Sri S. C. Reddy, Senior Advocates, Bangalore. Started independent practice from 1979 at Bangalore in Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals, Civil Courts, Criminal Courts and High Court. Handled constitutional matters, writ petitions and cases relating to labour, service, civil, co-operative society matters, land reforms, criminal, matrimonial and all other civil matters. Was associated with several trade unions, associations etc. Part-Time Assistant Professor in V.V. Puram Law College from 1983-1991, taught Mohammedan Law and Labour Law and also Part-Time Assistant Professor at University Law College, Bangalore in 1986-87. Standing Counsel at Bangalore Mahanagar Palika in 1983, 1993 and 1995. Member of Karnataka State Bar Council. Was Chairman of Enrolment Committtee and Executive Chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority with effect from 23-6-2006. Chairperson of seminars and workshops, High Court of Karnataka Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Conducted several programmes throughout the State. Member of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi. Took oath as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Cuttack on 25-3-2010.
Elevated as Judge, Supreme Court of India on 24-12-2012.