Mariah Brandt is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney in Pillsbury’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property matters, contract disputes, insurance coverage for policyholders, and consumer privacy cases. Ms. Brandt has litigated a wide variety of complex matters and class actions across a range of industries, including entertainment, restaurant, food and beverage, banking and technology.
Ms. Brandt has served as lead counsel in several jury trials. As lead counsel, she handled all aspects of these cases, including formulating case strategy, preparing witnesses, conducting direct and cross-examination, selecting a jury, drafting and giving opening and closing statements, and writing post-trial briefs. She has also drafted winning appellate briefs submitted to the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.
In addition, Ms. Brandt has extensive experience readying cases for trial and arbitration. She manages large scale litigation matters through all stages of the proceeding, from pre-litigation negotiations and early assessment of the case for alternative dispute resolution through discovery, dispositive motions, preparation of experts, trial or arbitration, and appeals. Ms. Brandt has considerable experience drafting motions, including dispositive and discovery papers. She has argued motions in court and successfully obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and discovery orders. Ms. Brandt has conducted and defended numerous depositions and witness interviews. She has also negotiated and drafted intellectual property licensing agreements and settlement agreements.
Ms. Brandt is the Firmwide Chair of On-Campus Recruiting and is very involved bringing in new talent to the Firm.
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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)
Managing Editor, UCLA Women's Law Journal, 2000-2001