|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
|Assumed office |
March 3, 2011
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Marilyn Hall Patel|
|Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court|
August 8, 2001 – March 3, 2011
|Appointed by||Gray Davis|
|Preceded by||Donald Clark|
|Succeeded by||Allison Danner|
Edward John Davila
June 21, 1952
Palo Alto, California
|Education||San Diego State University (B.A.)|
University of California, Hastings
College of the Law (J.D.)
Edward John Davila (born June 21, 1952) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and a former judge on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County.
Early life and education
Davila was born in Palo Alto, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1976. He then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and earned his Juris Doctor in 1979.
While a Superior Court judge, Davila presided over the high-profile case of a Las Vegas couple, Anna Ayala and Jaime Placencia, who planted a severed human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili. On January 18, 2006, Davila sentenced Ayala to 9 years in prison and Placencia to 12 years and 4 months in prison.
During the 111th Congress, Senator Barbara Boxer recommended Davila to fill the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacancy created when Marilyn Hall Patel assumed senior status. On May 20, 2010, President Barack Obama formally nominated Davila to the Northern District of California. The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended his confirmation on December 1, 2010, but the Senate decided to recess without confirming him. Obama renominated Davila on January 5, 2011. That nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee on February 3, and he was confirmed by the Senate on February 14 by a vote of 93 ayes to 0 nays. He received his commission on March 3, 2011.
- 2001–2011 – Judge, Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California
- 1988–2001 – Attorney, Davila & Polverino
- 1981–1988 – Deputy public defender, Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office
Davila is married to Mary Greenwood, who formerly served as Santa Clara County Public Defender and is Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District. They reside in Menlo Park, California.
- President Obama Names Three to United States District Court, whitehouse.gov (May 20, 2010).
- "Davila, Edward John – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- New judges named, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal (August 8, 2001).
- Davis Appoints Commissioner, Attorney to Fill Vacancies on Santa Clara Superior Court, Metropolitan News-Enterprise (August 9, 2001).
- "Anna Ayala Faces New Charge". KLAS-TV news. Associated Press. May 13, 2005. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Jonathan D. Glater, Couple Sentenced to Prison for Wendy's Chili Scheme, The New York Times (January 19, 2006).
- Bob Egelko, Obama nominates Edward Davila for federal bench, San Francisco Chronicle (May 21, 2010).
- Presidential Nomination no. PN1813-111, Edward J. Davila, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, vice Marilyn Hall Patel, retired, May 20, 2010 (111th Congress)
- Mintz, Howard (December 1, 2010). "Edward Davila wins key senate endorsement for federal judge". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
- Mintz, Howard (February 3, 2011). "Santa Clara County judge Davila another step closer to joining federal bench". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
- Presidential Nomination no. PN21-112, Edward J. Davila, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, vice Marilyn Hall Patel, retired, January 05, 2011 (112th Congress)
- Edward Davila at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Edward J. Davila at Ballotpedia
Marilyn Hall Patel
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California