United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

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: Ruby Woo 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