Linda M. Gemello

Judicial Positions:

  • Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal, Division Five (January 2002 to present)
  • Judge of the Superior Court, San Mateo County (elected, 1996- 2001)
    Assignments included: civil and criminal trials, law and motion, complex litigation; Chair Personnel Committee; Chair Complex Litigation Committee

Professional Experience:

  • Partner, Corey, Luzaich, Gemello, Manos & Pliska (1984-1996)
  • Associate, Corey, Orton, & Luzaich (1980-1984)
  • Instructor, Santa Clara University English Department (1970-71, 1975)
  • Teacher, Los Altos High School English Department (1967-1970)


  • J. D., 1979, Santa Clara University
  • M. A. in English, 1971, Santa Clara University
  • B. A. in English, 1966, Santa Clara University

Community Involvement:

  • Co-chair, Community Strategic Planning Committee for the Courts (conducted a series of public forums listening to/and acting on public concerns about the justice system)
  • Board of Directors, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest (places college graduate volunteers in social service programs for one year in partnership with AmericaCorps)
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families, San Francisco State University (programs include San Francisco Head Start Program)
  • Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San Bruno
         Women of Distinction Award for contributions to the community
  • San Mateo Union High School District GATE Mentor
  • President, St. Dunstan School Board
  • President, St. Dunstan Women's Club
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation High School Mock Trials county organizer
  • Girls' Commissioner and Coach, American Youth Soccer Association

Professional Activities and Awards:

  • President, San Mateo County Bar Association
         Eleanor Falvey Award for Women in Leadership
  • President, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
         Trial Judge of the Year 2000
  • President, North San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Society Honoree for Leadership in Providing Legal Services to Low Income Citizens
  • Faculty, Stanford Law School Advocacy Skills Program (1994-present)
  • State Bar of California
         Appointed to Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission
  • Member, California Judges Association
  • Member, California Women Lawyers

Personal Data:

    Birthdate May 16, 1945. Married, two children.