Eileen is a member of , ’s Civil Litigation practice. Her practice focuses on general commercial litigation, pharmacy and employment law. Eileen also is a seasoned appellate attorney, representing indigent offenders by Court appointment in the First, Second and Sixth District Courts of Appeal. Eileen joined the firm in 2003.

Education

  • Wake Forest University, B.A. English 1992, cum laude. Minors, French & International Studies
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. 1999, cum laude, Law Review
  • Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France 1990

Admissions

  • California State Bar, including admission to all California Federal District Courts
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Pacific Juvenile Defender Center/Appellate Section
  • Board Member, Alameda Point Collaborative. Responsible for governance, financial sustainability, and promotion of community awareness for non-profit organization providing 200 units of housing on the former Alameda Naval Base to families and individuals who have been homeless. APC provides housing, supportive services, on-the-job training and employment opportunities in on-site enterprises.

Languages

  • French, Spanish, German

Experience

  • Represents national pharmacy chain in all aspects of pharmacy law, advises pharmacies regarding compliance with state and federal regulations, and defends pharmacists in professional liability cases.
  • Represents business entities and individuals in general business litigation, including contract disputes, premises liability, and commercial lease issues.
  • Represents employers in employment litigation in state and federal court. Handles claims through the EEOC administrative process, and represents businesses in NLRB binding labor arbitration grievances.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical and medical device corporations in a variety of matters, including diet drug litigation and implant device litigation. Prepared multiple complex pharmaceutical cases for mediation.
  • Represents indigent prisoners and juvenile offenders on appeal. Successfully convinced the First District Court of Appeal to reverse an Alameda County juvenile court’s decision imposing unconstitutional probation condition. The Court’s published opinion has been cited in several appellate decisions, and juvenile courts have begun revising their probation conditions accordingly.
  • Litigated Federal and California environmental actions, in protection of San Francisco Bay under the Clean Water Act, as well as proper use of land and natural resources through NEPA and CEQA.

Other

  • Externed for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, USDC, Northern District
  • Incorporated non-profit domestic violence education group as 501(c)(3)

Publications

  • Doe v. Unocal Corporation: Corporate Liability for International Human Rights Violations, 33 U.S.F. Law Review 153 (1998)
  • Is the Accountant-Client Privilege on the Horizon? DRI Professional Liability Newsletter, Fall 1998

Hobbies and Interests

  • Eileen is an Ironman triathlon finisher and a two-time Boston Marathon qualifier and finisher. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, camping, guitar and coaching girls’ soccer.