New Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen Joins San Jose Division

On January 3, 2017, Silicon Valley litigator Susan van Keulen was sworn in as the Court's newest magistrate judge, filling the position vacated in June 2016 by Paul S. Grewal in the Northern District's San Jose Division.

Magistrate Judge van Keulen has practiced commercial litigation in Silicon Valley for 28 years with a substantial focus on intellectual property cases, recently serving as Litigation Practice Leader at the Silicon Valley office of O'Melveny & Myers. Magistrate Judge van Keulen graduated from the University of California, Davis and UCLA School of Law, then practiced law with the Thelen law firm (1988-2008) and then as a partner with O'Melveny until taking the bench.

Magistrate Judge van Keulen prepared dozens of cases for trial and served as lead trial counsel in a number of cases in this Court. As an active part of her practice, she has also regularly represented pro bono clients in cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, immigration issues and legal remedies for domestic violence. 

In addition to her active law practice, Magistrate Judge van Keulen has served on the Northern District's Patent Local Rules Advisory Subcommittee from 2006 to 2014 and has lectured and written widely on antitrust and patent law and federal procedure.

The Court welcomes Magistrate Judge van Keulen to the federal bench and anticipates that her broad experience with and knowledge of federal law and practice, together with her strong foundation in intellectual property law, will enhance the Court’s service to litigants in the San Jose Division.