Magistrate Judge ERICA P. GROSJEAN

Federal Judicial Service:

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

United States Magistrate Judge, appointed October 12, 2015



University of California at Berkeley, A.B. 1997

          with honors

Harvard Law School, J.D. 2000

          Editor of the Law Review
          Cum Laude


Professional Career:

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Los Angeles, CA and New York NY

Law Clerk, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Hon. Herbert Y.C. Choy



Erica P. Grosjean was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the Fresno division in the Eastern District of California in October 2015. Judge Grosjean presides over a large variety of federal matters including cases involving employment discrimination, civil rights, ADA, social security, habeas corpus, and prisoner civil rights among others. She handles the scheduling and discovery matters for numerous cases assigned to District Judges, and also acts as presiding judge on numerous cases with the parties’ consent. She regularly conducts settlement conferences in all types of cases. Judge Grosjean also handles the initial phases of federal criminal cases, including arraignments, detention hearings, and search warrants. 

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Grosjean was a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP, a litigation-only law firm specializing in trial work. Judge Grosjean worked out of Quinn Emanuel’s New York and Los Angeles offices. Her practice specialized in civil litigation across a wide range of areas of law, including structured finance, patent infringement, contract, antitrust, misappropriation, insurance, securities, unfair competition, constitutional law, and fraudulent transfer. 

Judge Grosjean is a 2000 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated with honors, cum laude. After law school, she clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, under the Honorable Herbert Y.C. Choy. 

Judge Grosjean is also an adjunct faculty member at San Joaquin School of Law.