Top 250 Women in Litigation - West


Mary O'Grady of Osborn Maledon focuses her practice on appeals, civil litigation, and administrative law. She is recognized for her expertise on public law issues, most notably representing the State of Arizona and public officials in both state and federal court. Her proftolio also includes election and campaign finance law, the Voting Rights Act, State constitutional law, government contracts, state legislation, open meeting and public records laws, redistricting and school finance.


Emily Johnson Henn hails from the Silicon Valley office of Covington & Burling, where she serves as the chair of the Class Action Litigation Practice group. Her experience with antitrust and consumer class-action disputes along with unfair competition matters has garnered praise from peers who are "continuously blown away by her cutting-edge approach in such layered, complex matters." Anita Stork, in Covington's San Francisco office, has expertise litigating antitrust and competition disputes. She had additional expertise within the automotive sector representing numerous auto parts manufacturers. She serves as lead coordinating counsel representing Takata on an air-bag recall matter.

Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is "a legal superstar". Her complex civil litigation expertise encompasses some of the most high-profile, high-stakes issues in the country. She currently serves as interim Co-Lead Indirect Purchaser Counsel representing consumers in a class action filed against numerous electronic manufacturers for allegedly conspiring to fix and raise the prices of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. In addition, she represents thousands of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche owners and lessees in litigation against Volkswagen over "cheat device" software installed on 475,000 U.S. diesel cars. "Her expertise is unmatched," testifies a peer. "There are very few, if any, of us who can compete at the same level that Elizabeth continuously does. It's just not possible. She's incredibly skilled and smart and meticulous. There is no one better." Fellow partner Kelly Dermody serves as the Managing partner of the San Francisco branch as well as the Chair of the Employment Practice group. She specializes in class actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases. She currently represents five former female Goldman Sachs Associates and Vice-Presidents and all current and former female Associates and VPs of Goldman Sachs who allege gender discrimination in violation of Title VII and NYC Human Rights Law, among other violations.

Juanita Brooks of Fish & Richardson is a Principal of the firm as well as an elected member of the Management Committee. She is recognize for her expertise on complex intellectual property, product liability, and mass tort litigation. Competitors acknowledge her "wondrous reputation" as an experienced trial and appellate lawyer.

Cristina Arguedas of Arguedas Cassman & Headley is a criminal defense litigator who represents clients in high-profile, high-stakes matters. Her representation ranges from public corruption, securities fraud, intellectual-property theft, to environmental offenses, sex crimes, drug manufacturing and trafficking, and murder. She is also well-versed in handling white collar matters.

Annette Hurst, based in the San Francisco office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is a member of the firm's Board of Directors whose practice focuses on intellectual property disputes and business tort claims. Her trial experience has garnered praise from peers who praise "her outstanding creativity" and "unparalleled problem-solving outlook when faced with legal challenges." Fellow San Francisco-based colleague Melinda Haag utilizes more than 28 years of experience handling securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, antitrust, FCPA, environmental, civil rights, defense contractor fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and child exploitation matters. Her experience on both jury and bench trials has created a strong foundation for her role as the firm's Global Business Unit Leader of the Litigation Business Unit. Lynne Hermle, in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, specializes on labor and employment issues. Her significant success representing high-profile retail and technology clients in jury-trials has led peers to praise her "amazing skills as a trial lawyer."

Kimberly Dunne serves as global co-leader of Sidley Austin's White-Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations group. Based out of the Los Angeles office, Dunne's practice is focused on civil litigation as well as significant experience litigating corporate internal investigations defending various companies and business executives in government criminal and civil investigations, False Claims Act cases involving healthcare fraud, FDA violations, FCPA violations, government contract fraud and kickbacks. Also in Sidley's LA office Debra Pole hails from the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin where she manages a practice devoted to multi-district litigation (MDL), class actions and product liability litigation. She is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, as well as the practice group leader for the Products Liability and Mass Torts practice. Peers almost unanimously praise Pole's expertise, stating "She is the difference-maker in any case. There's no doubt about it." Sara Brody's practice is concentrated in Sidley's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and focuses on securities litigation and corporate governance disputes. As co-leader of the firm's Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice, Brody's expertise leads her to routinely represent companies, self-regulatory organizations, and individuals on matters that involve the Securities and Exchange Commission. She currently serves as lead counsel for all the defendants in the SunEdison multidistrict litigation.

Newly acquired patent litigator Kathi Vidal now serves as the Silicon Valley office's Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn. She is recognized for her expertise litigating high-stakes patent disputes within numerous industry sectors, such as telecommunications, software, consumer products, among others. With prior experience as an electrical engineer, she is often called as a case strategy and hot topics expert. Past clients include PayPal, VMware and The Chamberlain Group.

Deborah Stein of the Los Angeles branch of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett regularly represents clients in cybersecurity and trade secrets litigation, securities and consumer class actions, and insurance coverage and business practices disputes. A significant part of her practice involves representing clients in cases involving the False Claims Act and whistleblower allegations of fraud, as well as other high-stakes commercial litigation disputes.

Nancy Sher Cohen serves as the co-head of Proskauer Rose's Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group. Hailing from the firm's Los Angeles office, her practice focuses on insurance coverage, mass tort, toxic torts, class actions, product liability and general commercial litigation. Her experience also extends to include litigation on environmental insurance issues. She serves as trial counsel representing a group of companies allegedly associated with the contamination cleanup at a California Superfund site.

Daralyn Durie is a founding member of litigation boutique Durie Tangri in San Francisco. Her expertise includes routinely defending companies including LinkedIn, Netflix, and Yahoo. She recently obtained a victory representing Twitter when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed a lower court finding that five patents owned by Easyweb Innovations were invalid as abstract ideas.

Holly House of Paul Hastings focuses on antitrust, trade regulation matters, and complex commercial disputes. She is also the current chair of the San Francisco Bar Association's Litigation section. "Holly is so passionate about her craft. It's always great to witness that. Her clients know it and the market knows it."

Rachel Krevans of Morrison Foerster is nationally recognized for her work trying patent disputes. Peers praise her leadership developing new litigation models, calling her "a true IP pioneer." She was part of the appellate team which recently obtained a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of client Sandoz. The court ruled in favor on all issues in the matter involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, which provides a streamlined approval for biosimilar drugs.

The Chair of the Litigation Department at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro, Patricia Glaser, is nationally praised for her expertise on business litigation matters. She currently is lead counsel representing a client in a lawsuit against his former company PIMCO that alleges constructive termination, breach of contract, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. She obtained a favorable and confidential settlement on behalf of her client.

Charlene Shimada manages a securities defense, corporate governance, class actions, and complex commercial litigation practice out of the San Francisco office of Morgan Lewis. She co-founded a network for women securities litigators in the Bay Area that seeks to promote development and advancement of women in the field called WISe, Women In Securities.

Jennifer Keller of Keller Anderle focuses her practice on intellectual property, white collar defense, commercial and securities litigation. She continues to represent MGA Entertainment as lead trial counsel in its decade-long case against Mattel. MGA has re-filed its trade secret claim in state court after a Ninth Circuit partial reversal. She is also lead counsel representing MassMutual in defense against a bellwether class action suit concerning a life insurance pool. The trial is currently scheduled for October 2017.

Perlette Michele Jura of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's Los Angeles office co-chairs the firm's Transnational Litigation Group and the Aerospace and Related Technologies Group. Her practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation on multidistrict litigation, technology-focused litigation, and domestic and cross-border toxic tort disputes.

Pamela Yates of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer co-chairs the firm's Product Liability Litigation practice group where she has extensive experience in multi-district litigation, mass tort cases, and class action disputes. A nationally recognized figure, with multiple precedent-setting trial wins to her credit, Yates represented Bayer Corporation in defense of Xarelto, an oral anticoagulant prescription medicine.

Linda Kornfeld of Kasowitz Benson Torres focuses her 25-plus year practice on insurance recovery matters, commercial litigation, and plaintiffs' litigation. She currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm's Los Angeles office where peers acknowledge her "detail-oriented approach throughout every stage of the legal process"

Dorothy Wolpert is a founding and name partner of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow. She manages a practice dedicated to copyright infringement, legal malpractice, probate matters, post-acquisition disputes, and entertainment cases.

Christa Anderson of Keker Van Nest & Peters boasts significant experience litigating intellectual property, breach of contract, antitrust, business torts and class action disputes. Her expertise includes representing Fortune 500 companies in complex business litigation cases. Anderson was part of the team that successfully represented Google in a multi-billion-dollar patent and copyright war with Oracle concerning the use of the Java programming language in Google's Android platform.

Ahdoot & Wolfon's Tina Wolfson is a principal of the West Hollywood firm where she represents plaintiffs in consumer class action suits and employment matters. A former opponent attests, "You're seeing her more and more in these cases, and I have a lot of respect for her. She is aggressive but professional."


Carolyn Fairless serves as the Managing partner of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. Her expertise includes complex commercial litigation, insurance disputes, and professional liability defense. She additionally defends clients on high-stakes professional malpractice disputes. Peers praise her work, stating "she is a true example-not just to women-but to lawyers all across the profession of what to do, and how to do it right."

Holland & Hart's Jane Michaels serves as the Chair of the Trial Practice group. Her specializations include commercial litigation and, more specifically, intellectual property disputes. She has achieved tremendous success on both jury and bench trials representing clients in industry sectors including telecommunications, biotech, medical, oil and gas, sports, among others.

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Samantha Adams, founding and name partner of Adams + Crow Law manages her practice with a focus on commercial litigation for business, government, and non-profit organizations. "Sam has always been an absolute firecracker. She's good at what she does, she's got great clients, she's an excellent leader, she's marketable, and now that she has her own practice, she's taken off even higher." Her career experience spans across numerous industries including healthcare, education, employment, and insurance, among others.

Jennifer Anderson of Modrall Sperling specializes in product liability, employment, class actions, mass torts, insurance, healthcare, and commercial litigation. She routinely participates on arbitration proceedings where she serves clients within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, education, and insurance industries.


Nancy Erfle of Gordon & Rees is focused on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, agricultural chemical manufacturers, aviation manufacturers, and companies involved in commercial disputes. She further has significant experience on class-action matters, most notably with regard to securities matters and consumer fraud.


Lois Baar of Holland & Hart manages her practice in defense of employers in labor and employment related disputes, and she is an avid and dedicated speaker on the subject of avoiding employment claims and good management practices. She is additionally skilled in alternate dispute resolution practices including negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as serving as a mediator and arbitrator in labor proceedings.

Peggy Tomsic of Magleby Cataxinos Greenwood has successfully represented clients on intellectual property disputes, complex business litigation, and appellate court cases. She serves as a mediator and arbitrator, as well as representing clients in mediation, arbitration and grand jury proceedings. She recently served as co-counsel with name partner James Magleby in a jury trial, in which the firm won a unanimous verdict of over $133 million on behalf of clients who fell victim to trade secret theft, breach of a confidentiality agreement, and breach of fiduciary duty. This decision was affirmed by the state Supreme Court.


As Director of Lane Powell's firmwide Litigation Department, Seattle-based Barbara Duffy focuses her practice on healthcare and regulatory disputes. She has been involved in numerous federal and state class action litigation concerning the Mental Health Parity Act. Gail Mautner, fellow partner and Co-Chair of Lane Powell's Trusts and Estates Practice Group, advises and litigates probate, trust, and guardianship disputes. She routinely represents institutional and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries. In addition, she advises and litigates executive, non-competition, and other employment law related agreements. Newly acquired star litigator Heidi Brooks Bradley serves as the Chair of the Antitrust Group where she specializes in antitrust matters, securities litigation and complex commercial disputes. Her expertise ranges to include class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, contract disputes, and mergers and acquisitions.

A former Lane Powell star who has since decamped to the Seattle office of Kilpatrick Townsend, Gwendolyn Payton manages her practice focusing on commercial litigation, class actions, and antitrust and trade litigation, predominately in the healthcare sector. Her trial experience has garnered praise from her colleagues and competitors who state, "She is a remarkable addition to any team," adding "She has created quite the reputation for herself."

Firm co-CEO and litigator Shannon Phillips of Summit Law offers services in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and in administrative hearings. She served as lead counsel representing City of Federal Way on a defense verdict on appeal to the Washington Court of Appeals after previously achieving summary judgment dismissal on numerous claims and obtaining a defense verdict on a jury trial. Fellow Summit Law colleague Jessica Goldman focuses on commercial litigation, intellectual property, trade secrets, false advertising, contract, and business fraud cases. She obtained a favorable judgment for client Waste Management in a breach of contract case against the commercial landlord. She is also known her for defending associations, homeowners, and board members on homeowner association cases, as well as the prosecution of racketeering, consumer protection, and fiduciary duty breaches. Additionally, her peers acknowledge "her astounding execution on any issue" concerning First Amendment litigation.

Patty Eakes of Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky specializes in commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and employment disputes. Her significant trial experience stems from her representation of various Fortune 500 companies, corporate executives, and small businesses.