An experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer, Pillsbury partner Mariah Brandt resolves complex business disputes and class actions, securing victories through trial, arbitration and negotiation.

Mariah focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property, contract, policyholder insurance coverage and consumer privacy cases. Her clients span the entertainment, restaurant, banking, health care and technology industries. Experienced in federal and state trial and appellate courts, Mariah skillfully argues motions for dismissal of claims, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and discovery orders. She has served as lead counsel in several jury trials, managed all stages of large-scale litigations and crafted winning appellate briefs.

Representative Experience

Prevailed on behalf of Disney in a privacy class action regarding employee ID badges.


Second-chaired a jury trial defending a dental company from a multimillion-dollar tortious interference with contract claim that resulted in nuisance verdict for plaintiff of just $5,000.


Defended Clearwire in a trademark infringement action brought by Sony Ericsson, defeating plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction that led to Sony Ericsson dismissing the case.

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  • Notable Appellate Decisions
    • Bank of New York v. Fremont General Corporation, 514 F. 3rd 1008 (2008)
    • SWH Corporation v. Select Insurance Company, Nos. G036145, G036627, 2006 WL 2786930 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 28, 2006)
  • Other Experience
    • Prosecuted a complex fraudulent transfer case in front of the bankruptcy court and the district court for several years that lead to a $17 million settlement recovery.
    • Represented bank in prosecuting federal court case for improper withdrawal of $14 million on deposit, which resulted in a successful appeal that lead to a favorable settlement.
    • Defended domain name startup in a federal suit alleging fraudulent misrepresentations in a merger and sale transaction and obtained complete defense.
    • Second chaired a tortious interference with contract case in state court in which we obtained a favorable judgment for our client.
    • Second chaired privacy class action for large entertainment client in which we successfully demurred to plaintiffs’ primary claim for a statutory violation, leading to plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal of the case.
    • Represented a hospital in class actions seeking statutory damages for the unauthorized disclosure of patient health information by a hospital vendor.
    • Acted as lead associate on complex dispute in federal court regarding licensing of DVD patents that resulted in favorable settlement the day before trial after prevailing on key motions in limine.
    • Second chaired high-profile trademark dispute resulting in defeating plaintiff's request for preliminary injunction seeking to prohibit our client from nationwide use of its trademark.
    • Managed a trademark dispute in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, taking the case through discovery to settlement negotiations and ultimately successfully settling the case.
    • Prosecuted various insurance coverage matters for policyholders for all types of businesses.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for restaurant chain following appellate victory in a case seeking reimbursement for settlement costs in an employment related class action.

Professional Highlights

Named “75 Most Influential Women Lawyers” in 2018 by the Los Angeles Business Journal


Member of the Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, named by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


Chairs Pillsbury’s On-Campus Recruiting team and is very involved in attracting new talent to the firm.

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  • Contributor to Pillsbury’s insurance blog, Policyholder Pulse.
  • Speaker at Pillsbury’s “Insurance Issues in the Restaurant Industry” webinar.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2002
    Managing Editor, UCLA Women's Law Journal, 2000-2001

    B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California