The Honorable Elizabeth D. Laporte

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department E


The Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte is a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was appointed to the bench on April 4, 1998.

Laporte earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1975. She then attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar from 1975 to 1977. After receiving an M.A. in politics and economics, she returned to the United States and joined the Federal Trade Commission as a policy planner and economist. Then, in 1979, she began pursuing a J.D. at Yale Law School, where she completed her studies in 1982.

She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1982. The following year, she joined Turner & Brorby, a San Francisco-based civil rights law firm. She practiced for the next eight years, eventually leaving to join the California Department of Insurance as an administrative law judge. Then, in 1996, she accepted a position in the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco, where she became Chief of Special Litigation. She held that position until her appointment to the bench.

Laporte has served on the Board of Governors for the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers as well as the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Bench Bar E-Discovery Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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