Pillsbury Represents Client in Cellphone Search Case
Ms. Degner is a senior associate in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the San Francisco office. She has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including litigation in state and federal courts. She has represented clients in matters relating to trademark and service mark infringement, breach of contract, wrongful termination, unfair competition, class actions, and corporate investigations. She has experience in all phases of litigation, including discovery, drafting substantive motions, taking and defending depositions, crafting direct and cross-examinations, prepping witnesses for trial, court appearances on contested motions, negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, and appeals.
Pillsbury awarded Ms. Degner its inaugural 2012 Pro Bono Mid-Level Associate Fellowship, and she spent half of her time in 2012 working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. As part of her work with the ACLU, Ms. Degner filed a lawsuit challenging the warrantless search of cell phones by police at the time of arrest under the California and federal Constitution. Ms. Degner was interviewed by several local and national media outlets on the Constitutional issues raised by government cellphone searches. She also filed a lawsuit seeking to force the FBI to disclose records it maintains on a news organization’s First Amendment activities.
Ms. Degner has represented pro bono clients in a variety of matters, including students in a drug testing case, a prisoner on death row in a habeas corpus petition, and an indigent family in an unlawful detainer case. She also helped coach a team of San Francisco high school students to second place in the Bar Association of San Francisco Mock Trial program.
Ms. Degner is currently the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors of CALICO: the Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing and Coordination Center and the founder and chair of CALICO’s annual Oakland Running fundraiser. She is also a member of the associate advisory committee for OneJustice, a non-profit organization that helps provide free legal services to those in need.
- Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – Northern California (2013)
American Bar Association, CALICO (Board of Directors), OneJustice (Associate Advisory Committee)
Blogging and Social Networking: Current Legal Issues, PLI Information Technology Law Institute 2008 Conference, Co-author; republished in THE COMPUTER & INTERNET LAWYER (Vol. 26, November 2009) and the course handbook for the Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2012 Practicing Law Institute program