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Overview

Patricia guides clients through a range of challenging product liability, premises liability and mass tort litigation.

Patricia has defended national and international clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in state and federal courts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Illinois. Manufacturers and transportation companies are among the clients in the automotive, industrial equipment, construction and mining industries that Patricia routinely represents. She has experience guiding clients through all phases of litigation, including trial, regarding:

  • Product defect allegations
  • Industrial accidents
  • Catastrophic injury and wrongful death
  • Asbestos & talc
  • Employment
  • Class action – (Employment defense)

Patricia’s practice focuses on product liability, complex torts, and general negligence litigation. Patricia is an experienced trial attorney, who has represented corporate defendants against product defect claims, in asbestos litigation, and in construction disputes. Further, Patricia has represented clients in individual plaintiff and class action employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims. Clients appreciate her broad courtroom experience and her ability to streamline litigation strategies and solutions.


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Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2013
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Top Women Attorneys, Southern California’s Outstanding Young Women Lawyers, 2012-2013

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Santa Clara Law Review
  • B.S., Santa Clara University
    • Political Science and English
    • Institute of European Studies, London, semester abroad

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Experience
  • Acted as national and trial counsel for major asbestos-cement pipe supplier in complex asbestos cases.
  • Defended major automobile manufacturer and leading brake manufacturer in all phases of asbestos litigation, from discovery through trial.
  • Defended employers in single-plaintiff and class action employment litigation.
  • Attained defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury product liability action in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
  • Obtained defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury product liability action in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
Outside the Office

Patricia, her husband and their three young children enjoy time outdoors, often at the beach or biking around their neighborhood. The family loves to travel—whether it be locally in California, out of state, or internationally. Patricia, a Chicago native, is a loyal Cubs fan, and she is a yoga enthusiast.

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