District Judge James Donato 

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 11, 19 th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion 3rd Thursday of the Month 8:30 a.m. in Oakland
Civil Law & Motion Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.
Pretrial Conferences Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.
Case Management Conferences  Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Lisa R. Clark 415 522-2066
Civil Case Docketing Hilary Jackson 415 522-4261
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 1-3: Desirae Kellenbarger 415-522-2076
Case terminal digits 4-6: Lori Murray 415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 7-0: Mark Jenkins 415-522-2042
Email for Proposed Orders: jdpo@cand.uscourts.gov
Email for PDF Follow-Ups and
     and Docket Corrections:
jdpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Civil)
CRIMpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Criminal)

About District Judge James Donato

Born 1960 in Pasadena, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by Barack Obama on January 6, 2014, to a seat vacated by James Ware
  • Confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 2014, and received commission on February 26, 2014


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1983
  • Harvard University, A.M., 1984
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1988

Professional Career:

  • Law clerk, Hon. Procter R. Hug, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-1989
  • Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1990-1993, 1996-2014
  • Deputy city attorney, San Francisco, California, 1993-1996