Judge James P. Donohue Biography

The Honorable James P. Donohue was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington on February 8, 2005. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Donohue was a shareholder in the Seattle office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, LLP where his practice was focused on commercial and intellectual property. He served as chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He is the author of Chapter 9, Personal Jurisdiction, in Thomson/West’s treatise INTERNET LAW AND PRACTICE.

Judge Donohue received his A.B. from the University of Illinois in 1973, and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review. After his graduation, he served as a VISTA volunteer before going into private practice.

Since coming to the bench, Judge Donohue has worked on local rules for patent litigation in the Western District of Washington. He serves as chair of the Ninth Circuit Pro Se Committee. He is the Articles editor for the Federal Courts Law Review. Judge Donohue has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, representing the Ninth Circuit. He is one of the founding members and former president of the Seattle Intellectual Property Inns of Court. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Washington.