Emily Westfall is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes defending clients in a range of litigation matters, including products liability, complex tort, employment, commercial, privacy, and class action matters. Her experience defending cases from beginning to resolution includes deposing key witnesses, collaborating with field experts, advocating for clients through motion practice and courtroom argument, and working closely with clients to craft innovative defense strategies. Emily has successfully advocated on behalf of clients through numerous high stakes and dispositive motions, including motion to dismiss, summary judgment, directed verdict, demurrer, and opposition to preliminary injunction. She has also leveraged motion practice and effective fact investigation and discovery strategies to obtain dismissals and favorable settlements on behalf of clients. She is adept at navigating alternative dispute resolution to advance favorable outcomes, including mediation, arbitration, and court-mandated settlement programs. Emily is also well-versed in regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters. She has prior experience in-house at an academic medical center and a biopharmaceutical company.
Emily is also committed to serving the community through pro bono work. In the past she has counseled parents of children with special needs through Equip For Equality. She also won a resentencing hearing for a criminal defendant mandatorily sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile, in violation of the Constitution under the United States Supreme Court case Miller v. Alabama, which was held to be retroactively applied to unconstitutional sentences by the Illinois Supreme Court in People v. Davis. She has also been involved in pro bono work through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Emily currently works on pro bono projects through the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice and Diversity Center and serves on the Queen’s Bench Amicus Brief Committee.
Emily received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Kansas State University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. During law school, Emily competed in moot court and authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of a client to the United States Supreme Court in the landmark individual mandate case Department of Health & Human Services v. State of Florida.
Outside of work, Emily is an avid runner. She has completed the San Francisco Marathon and the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon.