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    Mary B. Cranston

    Mary B. Cranston
    Retired Senior Partner

    T: +1.415.983.1621 F: +1.415.983.1200
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    Mary Cranston is an immediate past-Chair of the firm.

    Her practice specialties include:

    Complex class action litigation: Ms. Cranston has litigated over 300 class actions in state and federal courts, and is renowned for class action procedural and trial issues, as well as all aspects of class action settlements. Ms. Cranston is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is one of five trial lawyers in San Francisco highly recommended by Global Counsel 3000.

    Antitrust counseling and litigation: Ms. Cranston has handled state and federal civil and criminal antitrust investigations, and civil litigation under the Sherman and Clayton Acts, and under the California Cartwright and Unfair Business Practices Acts. Ms. Cranston has served as an officer of the ABA Antitrust Section and is a past-chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the California State Bar.

    Regulated industries counseling and litigation: Ms. Cranston’s substantive experience includes telecommunications regulation—federal and state, cable and wireless regulation, and the economics of regulated industries.

    Securities litigation: Ms. Cranston has served as lead counsel in litigation involving broker dealer claims, limited partnership issuer fraud, lender liability, Civil RICO, and 10(b)(5) class actions. In addition, she has handled shareholder and regulatory litigation as a part of Pillsbury’s mergers and acquisitions team.

    Management Experience: In addition to serving as Chair of the Firm since 1999, Ms. Cranston has served as Chair of the Litigation Department, and on the firm’s Compensation Committee, Professional Recruitment Committee, Finance Committee, Legal Education Committee, Partnership Selection Committee, Communications Committee, and Marketing and Client Service Committee.

    Honors & Awards
    • Legal 500 US, Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Antitrust: West Coast (2009)
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Competition/Antittrust—San Francisco and Silicon Valley (2007)
    • California Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section (2008)
    • Diversity Award, State Bar of California (2008)
    • Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar Association (2005)
    • 100 Most Influential Women in Business, San Francisco Business Times (2005)
    • Top 100 Lawyers in California, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (2005)
    • 50 Most Influential Business Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times (1999-2005)
    • ABA Commission on Women (2005)
    • The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, National Law Journal
    • Best Law Firm Leaders in the United States, Of Counsel
    • The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • Recommended Attorney, Expert Guide to Competition & Antitrust Lawyers
    • One of the Best Female Antitrust Lawyers in the World, Global Competition Review
    • Athena Award, Professional Accomplishments and Community Service, Athena International
    • Stanford Associates Award, Distinguished Service, Stanford University
    • Distinguished Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League
    • Summit Award for Women Explorers, Learning for Life Program
    • Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Super Lawyers


    Council Member, The American Law Institute, 2009--

    Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1998--

    Trustee, Stanford University, 2000--

    Chair, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, 2001

    Board of Directors, GrafTech International, 1999--

    Trustee, San Francisco Ballet, 1996--

    Board of Directors, Catalyst, 2006--

    Chair, Catalyst Western Region Board of Advisors, 2004--

    Board of Governors, Commonwealth Club of California

    Board of Directors, Bay Area Council, 1999-2009

    Board of Directors, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2001

    Member, Editorial Board, The National Law Journal, 2004--

    Member, The American Law Institute, 2003--

    Board Member, Episcopal Charities, 2003--

    President, National Stanford Alumni Association, 1990

    Board of Directors, Stanford Alumni Association, 1986-1993; 2001-

    Executive Committee, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, 1977-80; 1996--

    Board of Directors of the Historical Society, United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2001--

    Member, The Yosemite Fund

    Member of the National Centennial Committee of the Girl Scouts of the USA, 2001

    Council Member, ABA Antitrust Section, 1994-97

    Officer ABA Antitrust Section, 1997-2000

    ABA Commission on Women Member, 1993--2000

    Chair, California State Bar Section of Antitrust and Trade Regulation, 1998--1999

    California State Bar Committee on Women, 1986-89

    Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1993-97

    State of California
    J.D., Stanford Law School, 1975
    Member, Law Review
    M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1970
    A.B., Stanford University, 1969
    with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

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