Alexis Amezcua is a litigation partner with extensive experience in class actions and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Amezcua has practiced in a variety of substantive areas, including breach of contract, false advertising, wrongful termination, trade secret theft, unfair competition, product liability, federal banking law, complex consumer class actions, and wrongful death.
She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and her practice includes substantive trial experience in both state and federal court, and arbitration proceedings. Her clients range from major financial institutions, international product manufacturers, and national retailers, to wineries, municipalities, and individuals. She has extensive experience representing clients in mass, complex consumer class actions, including in federal multidistrict litigation proceedings and state court coordinated proceedings involving various state unfair competition and deceptive trade practices laws. She also regularly counsels clients on pre-litigation strategy, product launches, and risk management in various contexts, including government investigations.
Ms. Amezcua works in concert with clients—many of them Silicon Valley household names— to ensure that their goals are successfully, efficiently, and practically met. She understands their business, and uses her knowledge of the law and experience in and out of the courtroom to strategize to clients’ preferred outcomes.
Ms. Amezcua is active in the firm’s pro bono efforts, including recently representing two Rohnert Park residents who claimed their right to privacy was violated by an unreasonable police search of their home. Alexis was on the trial team that resulted in a jury verdict for plaintiffs, including punitive damages awarded against an individual police officer, and an injunction ordering specific police training. Alexis was also part of the trial team which sought mental health care for veterans in the highly publicized Veterans for Common Sense v. Peake. Ms. Amezcua has also been a participant in the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, and is a repeated recipient of the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for public service.
Ms. Amezcua has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Ms. Amezcua received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Columbia University. She serves as the Hiring Partner for Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, and is involved in the community as a board member for the Bar Association of San Francisco and California ChangeLawyers, an organization focused on diversifying the California legal profession.
Phoenix Technologies v. VMwareMember of trial team that won a defense verdict in a $110 million claim against VMware on allegations of copyright infringement and breach of a license agreement for "BIOS" software.
Arbitration of Breach of Contract ClaimsSecond-chaired defense at arbitration of breach of contract and wrongful termination claims, which resulted in a settlement that was a fraction of the plaintiff’s demand.
International Manufacturer Product Defect Class Action LitigationDefended international manufacturer against product defect claims alleging an expansive putative class, which resulted in significantly narrowing the claims and repeatedly defeating class certification.
Municipality in Breach of Contract DisputeSuccessfully defended municipality in dispute regarding real estate development, which resulted in a court-approved global settlement of the claims.
Processing Speed Class Action LitigationSuccessfully narrowed unfair competition and false advertising claims, alleging that processing speed of product was misrepresented, and advised on strategy which resulted in a complete walk-away, with prejudice, by the plaintiffs.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Class Action LitigationConducted internal investigation of major financial institution regarding high-profile allegations of violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, as well as advised on Congressional testimony and government inquiries, and defended numerous individual and class actions regarding same, which resulted in a favorable settlement of some and complete dismissal and win of others.
Supplement Personal Injury and Class Action Multi-District LitigationDefended manufacturers and retailers of over-the-counter supplement in personal injury and false advertising and unfair competition class action litigation in numerous states and in a federal multidistrict litigation, which required extraordinary coordination between multiple defendants and resulted in a favorable omnibus settlement to defendants.
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