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Bernard Zimmerman

Bernard Zimmerman

United District Court N District of CA
US Magistrate Judge
San Francisco, CA, USA


Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman was appointed in 1995 to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He presided over a wide range of civil cases, including patent, trademark and copyright cases, class actions, contract and employment cases and civil rights, personal injury and admiralty cases. He presided over more than 50 civil and criminal jury and bench trials and more than 1,000 settlement conferences. He chaired the court’s Technology Committee and served on the Media and Education Committees. He retired in 2012, but has been recalled to service several times since.

A 1970 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Frederick J.R. Heebe in the Eastern District of Louisiana and then taught law at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He is a member of the California and Louisiana bars, as well as numerous federal bars, including the Supreme Court. Returning to California, he was an associate and then partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro where he had a general litigation practice focusing on media, banking, construction, insurance and business issues. In 1995, he served as Legal Consultant to the Third Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He has taught Federal Pretrial Litigation at Hastings College of the Law and has judged numerous moot courts and practice trials. In recent years, he has judged the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in China. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Inn of Court and has lectured on, and participated in numerous panels addressing, issues such as ADR, class actions, employment litigation and discovery. In 2005, he traveled to Malaysia under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department, to speak at the Malaysian Law Conference, and at other programs, about ADR and various litigation topics
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