Mariah Brandt

Partner, Los Angeles at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Mariah Brandt

Mariah Brandt

Partner, Los Angeles at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Biography

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.



* 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.



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

Education

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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

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California

Courts

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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

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Mariah Brandt
Partner, Los Angeles at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 2002

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. After more than 60 years, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation.

B.A. in Political Science
Class of 1999

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

Memberships
Managing Editor
2000 - 2001

The UCLA Women's Law Journal is an academic legal journal that uses the power of language to educate people and make women's voices heard. It seeks to do so by focusing not only on the common struggles of women, but also on diversity as a strength in feminist legal scholarship. Through diversity, it seeks to represent the reality of all women's lives and experiences, without separating voices into exclusionary categories.

Career History
Partner, Los Angeles
Current

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) is an American law firm serving the energy, real estate, financial services, transportation, and technology sectors, specializing in regulatory practice, as well as corporate & securities, environment, intellectual property, litigation, employment and international law.

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Member, Hiring Committee
Current

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) is an American law firm serving the energy, real estate, financial services, transportation, and technology sectors, specializing in regulatory practice, as well as corporate & securities, environment, intellectual property, litigation, employment and international law.

Political Donations
$250
2009

Senator from New York

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