The Honorable Linda Lye

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 29


The Hon. Linda Lye is a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2018. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Bruce C. Mills (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Lye graduated with her B.A. in literature from Yale University in 1993. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1999.

Lye served a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Guido Calabresi with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit while attending law school. Then, after graduating, she completed a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the U.S. Supreme Court. After completing her clerkships, Lye entered into private practice, joining Altshuler Berzon LLP in 2002, where she practiced as an associate for five years. She was then named a partner there in 2008. Her areas of practice included labor and employment law.

She remained with the firm until 2010, when she became a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. During her tenure with the ACLU, she would be elevated to the position of senior staff attorney and would specialize in privacy laws and government surveillance, specifically involving surveillance technology used to covertly track cell phone locations.

While on the bench, Judge Lye has presided in the Criminal Division.

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