Court Selects Palo Alto Litigator Virginia K. DeMarchi for San Jose Magistrate Judgeship

The Court is pleased to announce that it has selected Palo Alto civil litigator Virginia K. DeMarchi to fill the magistrate judgeship to be vacated in June 2018 with the retirement of Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd.

Ms. DeMarchi will join the Court after practicing for 20+ years with the law firm of Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley, where she is a partner. Her practice focuses on the representation of technology and life sciences companies in intellectual property litigation. She also served for three years as general counsel to the firm. Before entering private practice, Ms. DeMarchi served a two-year stint as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and held a one-year clerkship with District Judge Steven J. McAuliffe of the District of New Hampshire. Ms. DeMarchi earned her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Stanford.

In addition to her private law practice, Ms. DeMarchi served for nearly 10 years on the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and has been active in pro bono representation, successfully representing the interests of federal and state prisoners and victims of domestic violence.

The Court anticipates that Magistrate Judge-Select DeMarchi’s 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. Her selection is contingent on the successful completion of a background review by the FBI.