The Honorable Lauri A. Damrell

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 123


The Hon. Lauri A. Damrell is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2017. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael G. Virga (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Damrell graduated cum laude with her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. After graduating from college, Damrell worked as an equity derivatives trader trainee for Group One Trading LLP from 1999 to 2000, and as a marketing manager for two years at Mr. Stock Inc. She then went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law 2005. During law school, Damrell was a member of the Order of the Coif honor program.

After graduating from law school, Damrell clerked for one year with the Hon. David F. Levi, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Then, after completing her clerkship, Damrell became an associate at the Sacramento office of Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. During her tenure with the firm, Damrell would be named a partner in 2016. She would hold that position until her appointment to the Superior Court a year later. While at the firm, Damrell's areas of practice included employment law, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and wage-and-hour litigation. At Orrick et al., she also advised major tech and financial institutions, the likes of which included Microsoft, Oracle, and Morgan Stanley.

In 2014, then-governor Brown appointed Damrell to serve on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, a position that required Senate confirmation.

Damrell also served on the California Pay Equity Task Force, a commission focused on addressing pay equality within the state.

Her memberships have included the National Association of Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, and the Operation Protect and Defend, an organization that seeks to involve high school students in civic education. She also co-founded the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Sacramento, an organization that strives to empower attorneys and mothers who struggle to strike a work-life balance.

Damrell, an avid writer, has contributed articles to the National Law Journal, the American Bar Association Journal on Labor and Employment, and Bloomberg BNA, just to name a few.

She received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers in 2014.

While on the bench, Judge Damrell has presided over the Family Law Department.

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