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Danny Chou
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Last updated: 7/12/2017
Danny Chou
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Santa Clara County Counsel
United States
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  Danny Chou was a judicial staff attorney and the chief of staff for former California Supreme Court Justice Janice R. Brown (now on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit) from 1998 to 2005. He is currently an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara where he oversees appellate and impact litigation, ethics, and legislative affairs and supervises the Health & Hospital and Probate sections of the Office. Since joining the County Counsel’s Office in 2012, Chou has been one of the lead public lawyers in People v. Atlantic Richfield Co., in which he obtained a judgment establishing a $1.15 billion fund dedicated to the abatement of residential lead paint. For his work on that case, he was named one of the 2014 Trial Lawyers of the Year by Public Justice and received a 2014 Recognition Award from the County Counsel’s Association of California. Before joining the County, Chou was the Chief of Complex and Special Litigation and the Chief of Appellate Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He was a member of the appellate team that successfully challenged California’s statutory ban on same sex marriage, In re Marriage Cases, 43 Cal. 4th 757 (2008), and the trial team that successfully challenged Proposition 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 701 F.Supp.2d 921 (N.D. Cal. 2010). He has also been a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a litigation associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter), and clerked for Judge Stanley A. Weigel at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Since leaving the California Supreme Court, Chou has successfully briefed and argued numerous appeals before the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit, including ISKCON v. City of Los Angeles, 48 Cal. 4th 446 (2010) and Welcher v. WCAB, 40 Cal. 4th 1313 (2007). He currently serves as a member of the State Bar of California’s Second Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
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