The Honorable Danielle K. Douglas

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 18

Biography

The Hon. Danielle K. Douglas is a judge for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2014, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. William M. Kolin.

Douglas earned a B.S. in criminal justice from Missouri Western State University in 1996. She then received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

After graduating from law school, Douglas was a deputy district attorney at the Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County from 2000 to 2013. Then, in 2014, she moved to the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County, where she served as an assistant district attorney. During her tenure in the Office of the District Attorney, her mantra was “punishment when necessary, rehabilitation when possible.”

Douglas was born in San Mateo, California and raised in Redwood City, California. Her father worked as a clerk at a grocery store. Her mother worked as a bank teller, rising through the ranks with only a high school diploma to become vice president of the bank.

She enjoys watching cook-related television shows, such as Iron Chef and Hell’s Kitchen.