Hon. Lisa Cisneros

US District Court - Northern District of California

Magistrate Judge Lisa J. Cisneros joined the Court following fifteen years of practice as a litigator and attorney in government and public service. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Cisneros served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice. She represented the State of California and its agencies in complex affirmative and defensive litigation, primarily in the federal trial and appellate courts, and led governmental investigations. Judge Cisneros began her legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., providing representation for low-income LGBT individuals in rural areas.  Judge Cisneros served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken. Following her clerkship, Judge Cisneros practiced at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where she represented employees and consumers in mass tort, class action, and antitrust cases. In addition, Judge Cisneros was appointed by the Governor as a member of the California Fair Employment & Housing Council.