Lucy H. Koh
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
June 9, 2010
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Ronald Whyte|
|Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court|
|Appointed by||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Preceded by||Randolf Rice|
|Born||1968 (age 45–46)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard College
Harvard Law School
Lucy Haeran Koh (born 1968) is a United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She is the first Asian American United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of California, the first District Court Judge of Korean descent in the United States, the first female Korean American Article III judge, and the second Korean American federal judge, after Herbert Choy of the Ninth Circuit.
Early life and education
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Koh graduated from Norman High School in 1986. She was an officer of her high school's chapter of the National Honor Society. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in Social Studies in 1990 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1993.
From 1993 until 1994, Koh worked for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary as a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow. From 1994 until 1997, Koh worked for the United States Department of Justice, first as a Special Counsel in the Office of Legislative Affairs (1994–1996) and then as a Special Assistant to the United States Deputy Attorney General (1996–1997).
From 1997 until 2000, Koh served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. From 2000 until 2002, she worked as a Senior Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Palo Alto, California law firm. From 2002 until 2008, Koh worked as a litigation partner at the Silicon Valley office of the law firm McDermott Will & Emery representing technology companies in patent, trade secret and commercial civil matters.
In January 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Koh a judge on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County, a position she held until becoming a U.S. district judge in 2010.
Nomination to the United States District Court
On January 20, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Koh on the recommendation of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Judge Ronald M. Whyte, who assumed senior status in 2009. On March 4, 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move her nomination to the full Senate.
The Senate confirmed Koh in a 90-0 vote on June 7, 2010. She received her commission on June 9, 2010.
Tenure as District Court Judge
Koh has recently overseen multidistrict litigation involving alleged privacy violations by Apple, Inc. She has also overseen multidistrict privacy litigation against Google's Gmail.
In Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., on June 26 and June 29, 2012, respectively, Koh granted Apple Inc. preliminary injunctions against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet  (which she later dissolved  after the case was remanded by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone  (on October 11, 2012 the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals "reversed and remanded" this decision while the case is in appeal). Her comment that Apple attorneys must be "smoking crack" if they thought 75 pages of witnesses would be called was widely reported.
In January 2014, Koh ordered seven technology companies—Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar—to face antitrust litigation for adhering to secret agreements not to hire each other's employees, the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation.[disputed ][importance?]
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- "CAPAC Chair Chu Commends President Obama on Diversity of Judicial Nominations". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Retrieved 2012-12-24.
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- President Obama Nominates Five to Serve on the United States District Court Bench, whitehouse.gov (January 20, 2010).
- Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Lucy Koh to Santa Clara County Superior Court (January 25, 2008).
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- "Kagan Nomination Not Stopping Other Nominees". The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Gorman, Michael (June 26, 2012). "Judge Koh stops US sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1, puts a smack down on Samsung (updated)". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- "Judge Koh Dissolves Preliminary Injunction on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; Apple May Owe Samsung ~pj". Groklaw. October 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- "Samsung Wins Reconsideration of Preliminary Injunction; Appeals Ct. Gives Judge Koh Authority to Rule ~pj Updated". Groklaw. September 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Fingas, Jon (June 29, 2012). "Apple lands preliminary ban against Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US (update: search patent the key)". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- "Appeals Court Rules Samsung Can Sell Galaxy Nexus During Appeal; District Ct. "Abused Its Discretion" ~ pj". Groklaw. October 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Lowensohn, Josh (16 August 2012). "Judge says Apple's 'smoking crack' with giant witness list". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Greene, David (16 August 2012). "Samsung Vows To Appeal Patent Verdict". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Wingfield, Nick (19 August 2012). "In Apple’s Patent Case, Tech Shifts May Follow". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Hesseldahl, Arik (April 19, 2012). "Federal Judge Forces Apple, Google, Others To Face Antitrust Suit". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Howard Mintz, Santa Clara County judge becomes first Asian-American federal judge in Bay Area history, San Jose Mercury News (June 7, 2010).
- Lucy H. Koh at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California