Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen

San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 6 – 4th Floor
280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113


Public Hearings

Please click the link below to join webinars (public hearings). If you are a case participant, you will join as an attendee, then you will be brought into the proceeding by court staff.

Webinar ID: 161 398 2797
Password: 534805

Join a Webinar by Phone or Other Connection

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are a case participant (attorney, party, witness, or other person who will actively participate in the hearing), it is strongly recommended that you join Zoom using the Zoom application rather than by a telephone connection.  If you must appear by telephone, the numbers posted for each judge are for the public and are listen-only, so you will need to contact the Courtroom Deputy (CRD) at least one business day before the hearing to request a Zoom invitation (which will be sent via email) in order to join the hearing as a case participant.

Phone: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)


Non-Public Hearings [Settlement Conferences]

The court will use Zoom Meetings (as opposed to Zoom Webinars) for settlement conferences and other non-public hearings.  To join a meeting, click on the link below.  You will initially enter a “waiting room” and will be admitted into the meeting by court staff.

Meeting ID: 161 747 0821
Password: 384620

Join a Meeting by Phone or Other Connection

Phone: (669) 254 5252
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)



Please review this important guidance on participating in a Zoom Webinar or Meeting.

View Judge van Keulen’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Civil Law & MotionTuesdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesTuesdays9:30 a.m.
Civil Pretrial ConferencesThursdays9:30 a.m.
Criminal Law & MotionThursdays1:30 p.m.
Criminal Duty MattersDaily During
Duty Months
1:30 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyJustine Fanthorpe
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections & PDF Follow-upsSee Civil Docketing
Criminal Case DocketingSee Criminal Docketing
Multi-District Litigation (MDL) InquiriesSee Multi-District Litigation

Chambers Copy Requirements

The processing of unnecessary chambers copies wastes resources and burdens the court.  Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 5-1(d)(7), chambers copies should not be submitted unless required by the assigned judge’s standing order or specifically requested by the assigned judge.

Judges’ standing orders may include additional requirements and may differ from the local rules in other particulars.  If they are not in agreement, a judge’s standing order supersedes the local rules.

The pertinent parts of Judge van Keulen’s standing orders are set forth below:

Civil Scheduling and Discovery Standing Order

Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 5-1(d)(7), no chambers copies are required unless specifically requested by the Court. Parties are to notify the courtroom deputy at when the requested chambers copies have been delivered.

Settlement Conference Standing Order

No later than seven days prior to the conference, the parties must send the following statements in text-searchable PDF format to Judge van Keulen’s  chambers at The statements must not be filed in ECF. See Judge van Keulen’s Settlement Conference Standing Order for contents of the required settlement conference statements.

Civil Pretrial Standing Order

See Judge van Keulen’s Civil Pretrial Standing Order for detailed information about pretrial and trial materials that must be delivered to chambers.

Delivery Address

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building
& United States Courthouse
Office of the Clerk
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

About Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen

Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen joined the Court following 28 years as a commercial and intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley.

Magistrate Judge van Keulen’s private law practice focused substantially on intellectual property cases in federal and state courts and in private arbitrations, with particular experience handling technology and commercial disputes involving semiconductor, computer, and electronics technologies. Magistrate Judge van Keulen prepared dozens of cases for trial and served as lead trial counsel in a number of cases in the Northern District. 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 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.

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 & Myers where she served as Litigation Practice Leader at the Silicon Valley office until taking the bench.