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COURT: Northern District of California APPOINTED: 2002, by the judges of the Northern District of California AGE: 61 LAW SCHOOL: University of Michigan Law School PREVIOUS JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: None Howard Lloyd is part of the old guard of Silicon Valley litigators whose tenure extends back to the time when the place was known more for its orange groves than microchips. He is part of a group of people who have been practicing there for decades, and counts veteran Valley litigators Allen Ruby and James McManis among his closest friends in the legal community. Entering his sixth month as a federal magistrate, Lloyd came to the bench following his recent incarnation as a mediator — a move than helped his chances when he applied to replace the Northern District’s best settlement judge, the semi-retired Edward Infante. He is praised not only for his intellect, patience and dry sense of humor (so dry some suggest it may take a few appearances before one becomes attuned to it), but also something less expected: his model railroad. Lloyd has an 18-foot by 12-foot add-on at his South Bay home dedicated exclusively to a reproduction of a 1944 railroad yard (and surrounding environs) from his native Jersey City, N.J. The model is sophisticated enough to have been featured in national collector magazines. “It started when I was kid,” Lloyd said of his hobby. “Every kid builds models, and I just never outgrew it.” Palo Alto attorney Scott Mosko, who has known Lloyd for 20 years, said the hobby says something about the judge. “This devotion to this hobby is indicative of the type of personality that he has. He really goes for things that he likes,” Mosko said. Outside of the conductor’s seat, Lloyd is spending much of his time settling Silicon Valley cases while acclimatizing himself to criminal law. “That’s all brand new to me, so that’s very intellectually challenging,” said Lloyd, adding that he relies heavily on his fellow South Bay magistrates for advice, veteran Patricia Trumbull and Richard Seeborg. He will also sometimes undoubtedly lean on an old friend — U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte. “I could see those two in the bowels of the courthouse conferring on complex matters,” Mosko said. Whyte and Lloyd both worked for years at Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel in San Jose — Lloyd for the better part of three decades. While Whyte has gained national renown for his skill in handling patent cases, Lloyd ended his 30-year career as a business litigator focusing mainly on intellectual property and employment disputes. For two years prior to his appointment as a magistrate by the judges of the Northern District, Lloyd ran Mediation Works, a Silicon Valley-based private mediation outfit. Prior to that he served in the Northern District’s early neutral evaluation program. Lloyd said he’d had his eye on a judgeship for some time, but they don’t come along every day. Then he decided to become a full-time mediator, a role he will continue to fulfill — albeit now with the muscle of the court behind him. “It has been 30 years as an advocate, and it’s nice to step back into that role as a neutral and try to facilitate a settlement for the parties,” Lloyd said. His advice for negotiators is to bring the decision-makers with them — in fact it’s a written rule. “I hate to try to get a case settled when some key decision-maker isn’t present,” Lloyd said. One lawyer suggested Lloyd can get a bit volatile sometimes, though it’s not always the worst thing for a judge. Mosko said Lloyd won’t abide fools for long. “He’ll give you the benefit of the doubt until you prove to him that you’re not worthy of getting the benefit of the doubt,” Mosko said. “If you’re not straight with him, he will see right through you.” You can order past judicial profiles of more than 100 Bay Area judges at www.therecorder.com/profiles.htmlor by calling 415-749-5523.

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