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Paula assists clients in the food and food systems industries, helping them stay abreast of regulatory changes that affect their businesses.

Paula comes to the practice of law with a passion for policy and for the environment. As an undergraduate, she pursued majors in both political science and environmental studies and was fascinated by questions of how legal policies impact communities, individuals, and daily life. She soon accepted a position as an assistant at a law firm, primarily supporting a team focused on food regulations. Paula quickly discovered that the laws governing food systems were integral to environmental policies, and she decided to enroll in law school with a goal of practicing in this field.

Today, Paula advises clients ranging from food and beverage companies to food packaging providers to agricultural organizations. She offers counsel on regulations regarding labeling, packaging, and ingredient requirements, as well as local policies such as California’s Proposition 65. Paula also provides policy reviews and advice on how potential policy changes may affect client businesses.

In addition to her traditional food industries practice, Paula also works with clients in the alternative farming and sustainability arena. She is especially excited to support businesses on the cutting edge of future agriculture, such as alternative protein developers and indoor farmers.

Known for her enthusiasm for clients’ work, Paula loves nothing more than developing an in-depth understanding of the companies she serves. Her aim is to know a client’s operations inside and out so that she is well placed to advise on compliance needs and risk management.




  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    • Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal
    • Hastings Food & Wine Law Organization
    • CALI Award: Food & Drug Law
    • National Food Law Student Network
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz


  • California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • California Bar Association


  • Spanish, fluent

*Contact Paula to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Oakland office.
  • Advised clients on substantiation issues, labeling, and compliance with state laws.
  • Performed risk assessments and balance with client business interests.
  • Assisted in obtaining domestic and international regulatory clearances for food additives and food contact materials.
Outside the Office

A resident of San Francisco, Paula loves spending time outdoors and taking advantage of California’s beautiful weather and scenery. She loves hiking, skiing, and simply taking walks through her city, and she makes as many trips to Tahoe as possible.

Paula also enjoys working out, reading novels, listening to audio books and podcasts, and spending time with friends. She’s also trying to cook more and make use of her collection of cookbooks.