Magistrate Judge
Nathanael Cousins

San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 5 - 4th Floor
280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Civil Law & Motion Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.
Case Management Conferences Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.
Civil Pretrial Conferences Wednesdays 2:00 p.m.
Criminal Law & Motion Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.
Criminal Duty Matters Daily During Duty Months 1:30 p.m.
Trials Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Lili Harrell 408-535-5343
Civil Case Docketing & Docket Corrections Susie Barrera
Criminal Case Docketing Cita Escolano 408-535-5391
Email for Proposed Orders:
Email for PDF Follow-Ups and
     and Criminal Docket Corrections: (Civil) (Criminal)
Media Liaison

For all media inquiries: Lynn Fuller

About Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins

Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins has his chambers in San Jose, but he has served in each courthouse in the Northern District of California, from Salinas to Eureka.

He joined the Court in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (San Jose and San Francisco offices) and Antitrust Division Trial Attorney (San Francisco). In those positions, he had criminal jury trials before many of the Judges of this Court. He was part of the team that prosecuted global price-fixing cartels in memory chip markets. He also coordinated Operation Ceasefire, a community program to reduce gang violence in Monterey County.

Immediately before joining the Department of Justice, he worked as a civil litigation associate and then partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, and before that he was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Glusker. His civil litigation cases focused on antitrust, class actions, consumer fraud, securities fraud, and civil rights. He was pro bono class counsel for inmates at an Illinois state prison.

Judge Cousins graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. F.A. Little, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford. While in school, he studied abroad in Russia and the Netherlands.

Judge Cousins has taught legal writing, moot court, and antitrust law at Hastings, and participates regularly in moot court and trial training programs at Bay Area law schools. He also coaches basketball and soccer.