The Hon. Danielle K. Douglas is a judge on the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California. She was appointed to the bench by former California Governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2014, to replace the Hon. William M. Kolin.
Judge Douglas earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University. She then received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.
After law school, from 2000 to 2013 she was a deputy district attorney at the Contra Costa County, California District Attorney’s Office. In 2014 she became Assistant District Attorney at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. As a District Attorney prosecuting cases her mantra was “punishment when necessary, rehabilitation when possible.”
Judge Douglas was born in San Mateo but grew up in Redwood City where her father worked at a grocery store as a clerk and her mother as a bank teller. Douglas considers her mother to be a huge inspiration in part because her mother rose through the ranks to become Vice President of the bank she worked at with only a high school diploma. Judge Douglas has had to overcome her share of adversity herself. A mother at only age 17, Douglas had to work her way through both college and law school to support her and her first child.
As a Judge, she enjoys complex issues and cases. Judge Douglas says the complex issues are like mental gymnastics.
Food is a passion of hers and she enjoys watching cooking-related shows such as "Iron Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen."
She has three daughters.
J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
B.S. from Missouri Western State University (Criminal Justice)
Assistant district attorney at District Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, California (2013 to 2014)
Deputy district attorney at District Attorney’s Office in Contra Costa County, California (2000 to 2013)