Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||1965, Houston, Harris County, Texas, U.S.A.|
Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Early life and education
Rogers was born Maria Yvonne Gonzalez in 1965 in Houston, Texas. She earned an Artium Baccalaureus in 1987 from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor in 1991 from University of Texas School of Law.
From 1991 until 2003, Rogers worked as a litigator in private practice in San Francisco at the law firm of Cooley Godward LLP (now Cooley LLP). She was an equity partner at the firm from 1999 until 2001. Rogers was a member of the civil grand jury in Alameda County, California from 2005 until 2007, and served as foreperson from 2006 until 2007.
State court judicial service
Rogers served as a pro tem judge in Alameda County, California from 2007 until 2008. In 2008, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Rogers, a Democrat, to the Alameda County Superior Court. She replaced Judge Carlos G. Ynostroza on the bench.
Federal judicial service
On May 4, 2011, President Obama nominated Rogers to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California that had been vacated by Judge Vaughn Walker, who had retired at the end of 2010. The Senate confirmed her in an 89–6 vote on November 15, 2011. She received her commission on November 21, 2011. She is the first Latina to serve as a federal judge in the Northern District of California.
Tenure as district judge
In December 2014, Rogers presided over a jury trial against Apple, in which plaintiffs claimed DRM on Apple iTunes violated antitrust laws. On December 16, 2014, the jury reached a verdict in favor of Apple.
Rogers was elected to the American Law Institute in 1990 and was elected to the ALI Council in 2009. She currently chairs the ALI's Membership Committee and serves as an Adviser on ALI's Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes project.
Rogers' husband, Matthew C. Rogers, has served in various positions in the Obama administration. The couple live in Piedmont, California.