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Hon. Donna M. Ryu

Hon. Donna M. Ryu

United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Magistrate Judge
Oakland, CA, USA


Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu joined the court in 2010.  She has presided over hundreds of consent cases in a wide variety of subjects, including commercial disputes, patent and other intellectual property, employment, civil rights, insurance, personal injury, environmental, maritime, and constitutional law. She conducts settlement conferences in all major practice areas, and manages discovery in complex matters, including multi-district litigation.  Judge Ryu has served on numerous court committees, including Local Rules, Subcommittee on E-Discovery, and Pro Bono Projects, among others. 

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ryu was a Clinical Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings, and before that at Golden Gate University Law School. Her courses included instruction in negotiation, pretrial and trial techniques, employment law, and legal ethics.

Judge Ryu began her career as a commercial litigator at a large San Francisco firm before joining an Oakland-based firm specializing in class actions, and later founding her own small firm. She has extensive experience in discovery and motion work, as well as trial work involving complex litigation.

She has been honored as a California Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law. She is the recipient of the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy, the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Trailblazers Award.  She co-designed a national training institute on class actions, and has written and lectured in the areas of employment law, e-discovery, pretrial practice, attorneys’ fees, class actions, and professionalism. 

Judge Ryu graduated with honors from Yale University, and received her law degree in from U.C. Berkeley Law School, where she continues to teach as a Lecturer.

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