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Clients rely on Arlene’s counsel and defense when they face challenging product liability and mass tort claims.

An experienced attorney who has handled numerous mass tort claims, clients trust Arlene because she understands and anticipates the turns such litigation can take. But Arlene also understands that every case involving claims of product liability, premises liability, mass tort or catastrophic injury is unique, and she collaborates with medical subject-matter experts to customize a defense plan for each client. Arlene represents manufacturers, premises owners, insurers, suppliers, distributors, contractors and others in a variety of sectors including automotive and construction.

Arlene is adept in all aspects of trial in state and federal court, from initial complaint, discovery, defense strategy, motion practice, deposition and pre-trial preparation. Additionally, Arlene has served since 2012 as Judge Pro Tem in the discovery department of San Francisco Superior Court.




  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
    • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    • Psychology, business emphasis


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute


  • Spanish, fluent

*Contact Arlene to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Oakland office.
Outside the Office

Arlene and her kids enjoy skiing and scuba diving.

Arlene stays busy with the sports, activities and enthusiasms of her three school-aged children. Currently, that’s competitive cheer for Isabella, basketball for Matthew and skateboarding for Nathan.