Irma Gonzalez

Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Jenny Truex
T: 619-237-0805
F: 619-236-9032
401 B Street, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92101


Judge Gonzalez (Ret.) has more than 28 years of judicial experience handling intellectual property disputes. As a U.S. Magistrate judge for six years, she presided over Markman claim construction hearings. While on the U.S. District Court bench in the Southern District of California, she oversaw matters involving patent, trademark, and copyright issues in a wide variety of industries, including biotechnology, computing, medical, electronics, telecommunications, and clothing. Additionally, Judge Gonzalez participated in a congressionally funded pilot program aimed at giving federal judges in select districts intensive experience handling patent claims. She was also involved in developing new patent rules for the Southern District of California.

Representative Matters

  • Patent
    • Company’s suit for declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity.  Defendants (patentees) filed counterclaim for infringement regarding patents which involved method of treating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • Infringement action brought against competitor by owner of patents related to hand-held mobile devices
    • Infringement claim brought against competitor by patent holder for broadband ceramic capacitor
    • Patent holder of “Selective Video Playing System” for managing objectionable content in video programs sued manufacturers and suppliers of DVD players for infringement
    • Patent infringement action between competing biotechnology businesses
    • Patentee’s suit for infringement of patent related to systems and methods for increasing performance of computer system
  • Trademark and Copyright
    • Copyright infringement action brought by maker of sculpted figurines against defendant’s distribution of “knock-off” products
    • Trademark infringement action under Lanham Act, 15 USC §§ 1114 and 1125(a), alleging that defendant’s registration for deck shoe with certain pattern did not preclude plaintiff from using same decorative pattern
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, 2021
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2013
  • Honored at Sixth Annual Judiciary Reception, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award, California Women Lawyers, 2011
  • Outstanding Jurist Award, San Diego County Bar Association, 2008
  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Advisory Board, San Diego La Raza Lawyers
  • Board of Visitors, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Board of Trustees, California Western School of Law
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges
  • Judicial Advisory Board, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego
  • Master, William B. Enright Inn of Court
  • Advisory Board, Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter
  • Co-Chair, Federal Practice Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2011-2013
  • Member, Supreme Court Fellows Program Commission, 2011-present
    • Appointed as chair in 2012
  • Chair, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2010
  • President, Ninth Circuit District Judges Association, 2009-2011
  • Member, Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security, 2008-2013
  • Member, Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, 2007-2010
  • Member, Ninth Circuit Space and Security Committee, 2006-2013
  • Member, Federal Judicial Center Benchbook Committee, 2003-2009
    • Appointed as chair in 2009
  • Member, Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judge System, 1998-2005
  • Founding Member, Latinas in the Law
  • Participant, Children at Risk
  • "Enterprising Evaluator," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, July 17, 2015
  • Honoree, San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame, 2017
  • United States District Court Judge, Southern District of California, 1992-2013
    • Chief, 2005-2012
    • Senior Status, 2013
  • Judge, San Diego County Superior Court, 1991-1992
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California, 1984-1990
  • Associate, Seltzer, Caplan, Wilkins, & McMahon, 1981-1984
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Prosecution Division, District of Arizona and Central District of California, 1975-1981
  • Law Clerk, Hon. William C. Frey, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 1973-1975
  • J.D., University of Arizona
  • B.A., Stanford University



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