Biography

The Honorable James Donato is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, with chambers in the San Francisco courthouse.  He is a member of the Northern District’s Local Rules Committee, Patent Local Rules Committee, and Patent Pilot Program.  He is also the Liaison Judge for the district’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct. 

Judge Donato was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2014.  He holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an A.M. in history from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  He clerked for the Hon. Procter R. Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Judge Donato was in private practice for over 20 years before taking the bench.  He has been admitted to practice in California and Hawaii.