Monday, December 13, 2010

Indian-origin Paul Grewal named magistrate judge in San Jose

Indian-origin Paul Grewal named magistrate judge in San Jose

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California announced that Paul Singh Grewal, a 39-year-old Indian origin trial attorney, has been appointed a magistrate judge in the San Jose division. Grewal, who focuses on technology litigation, taking a seat vacated by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Patricia V. Trumbull.

Grewal is leaving his post as a partner in the Howrey law firm, which merged with the Day, Casebeer, Madrid and Batchelder law firm last year, where he had been for 10 years practicing civil intellectual property law.

This appointment follows closely the naming of Indian American Jay Gandhi as a federal magistrate judge in the Central District of California. Gandhi took the oath of office Nov. 19 in Los Angeles. He holds a under graduation degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 and has a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1996.

Finishing the law school, he served as a judicial clerk to District Judge Samuel H. Bell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and for Circuit Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Magistrate judges earn about $160,000 a year, and that position often leads the way to becoming a district judge.

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