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Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte

Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte

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


ELIZABETH D. LAPORTE is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California. Appointed on April 4, 1998, Judge Laporte presides over numerous civil cases randomly assigned to her with the parties' consent, including patent, trademark, copyright and other business litigation, employment, civil rights and environmental cases. She also presides over criminal matters, conducts settlement conferences, and resolves discovery disputes.

Judge Laporte is the author of Managing the Runaway Patent Case, an article published in the Summer 2003 issue of the Northern California ABTL [Association of Business Trial Lawyers] Report, and Getting the Most Out of Judicial Settlement Conferences, published in the Winter 2006 issue. She also served as a judicial reviewer to the Continuing Education of the Bar's (CEB's) California Civil Discovery Practice, and authored an article on the 2006 e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for CEB's Civil Litigation Reporter.

Judge Laporte is a member of the Board of Governors for the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is also a judicial observer for the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production and a former member of the Federal Circuit's Bench Bar E-Discovery Committee. Judge Laporte has recently been appointed the Alternative Dispute Resolution Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California, previously served as the Chair of the Executive Board of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges, and was a member of the Jury Trial Improvement Committee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Laporte served as Chief of Special Litigation for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office (1996-98); Administrative Law Judge for the California Department of Insurance (1991-96); Partner, and previously associate, at Turner & Brorby (1983-91); and Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, Northern District of California (1982-83). Prior to attending law school, she was a policy planner/economist at the Federal Trade Commission from 1977-1979.

Judge Laporte is a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1975, and holds a masters degree from Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar from 1975-77), and a J.D. from Yale Law School, Class of 1982. Judge Laporte was named a Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer in 1996.

Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Monday, June 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Monday, June 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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