Samantha represents both public and private sector clients in a variety of litigation, including insurance recovery disputes, putative and certified class actions, and civil rights matters, through all phases of litigation in federal and state court. Samantha assists policyholders in coverage disputes, specializing in dispute-resolution counseling and litigation. Samantha is also experienced in defending public sector clients in civil rights matters, including certified class actions relating to the constitutional delivery of medical care to incarcerated individuals and other alleged civil rights violations.
Samantha previously worked as a deputy attorney general in the California Office of the Attorney General where she defended high-ranking governmental figures and state corrections officials in civil rights litigation.
Plata v. Brown. Samantha assists in this class action case against the State of California, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), relating to the delivery of medical care to California’s adult inmate population.
Valdivia v. Brown. Samantha represented the State in this class action against the CDCR and related entities, relating to the State’s adult parole revocation process, successfully arguing for decertification and termination of this nineteen-year-old class action.
L.H. v. Brown. Samantha assisted in successfully terminating this seven-year-old institutional class action case against the State of California, including the Division of Juvenile Justice. This case related to the revocation of juvenile parole.
Allen, et al. v. City of Oakland, et al. In September 2012, Samantha worked with the City of Oakland's City Attorney's office in this civil rights class action case involving allegations of police misconduct against the City's Police Department. Defense counsel successfully defended against placement of the Police Department into Receivership. Instead, the Federal Court appointed a Compliance Director to assist the City in attaining substantial compliance with the parties' Negotiated Settlement Agreement.
"The Winn Case: A Game Changer for California's Senior Care & Housing Industry," co-author, Insurance Recovery Alert (August 2016)
"Insurers are adapting to the surge of elder abuse claims," co-author, Daily Journal Verdicts and Settlements (August 2016)
"Is your insurance coverage adequate?" co-author, Seniors Housing Business (April-May 2016)
"Costly and Damaging Cyberattacks: Who Will Pay, and for What?" Tech on the 20s (March 2016)
"Navigating Calif. Insurance Defense Settlements," co-author, Law360 (July 2015)
"Mandatory Skilled Nursing Hours Claims: Are You Covered?" co-author, Insurance Thought Leadership (July 2013)
"Where A Party Makes Two CCP § 998 Offers And Both Are Rejected (Or Lapse), The Second Offer Does Not Extinguish The First For Purposes Of Cost Shifting," Hanson Bridgett Litigation Law Update (March 2012)
"How to Keep Exempt Employees Exempt," California Assisted Living Association Bulletin (March 2009)
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“Strategies, Rights, and Obligations of Counties Responding to Inmate Advocacy Groups,” co-speaker, 2016 CSAC Annual Meeting (December 2016)
"Healthcare Challenges in Detention Facilities," co-speaker, County Counsels’ Association of California, Civil Law and Litigation Spring 2016 Study Section Conference (April 2016)
"Then and Now: A Historical Analysis of the Evolution of the Last 40 Years of Insurance Coverage in the United States and Where We Might Go," Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (March 2016)
"Parenting and the Law: Balancing Family and Career as a Young Attorney," Berkeley Law, University of California (Boalt Hall), Parenting & Law (November 2015)
"Corrections & Realignment: Avoiding Litigation," co-speaker, CSAC Annual Conference Innovation Summit (November 2013)
“Correctional Class Action Litigation Following Realignment: Current Trends and Litigation Strategies,” co-speaker, County Counsels’ Association of California, 2013 Annual Meeting (September 2013)
“Correctional Class Action Litigation: Implementing Realignment & Exposure to Liability,” co-speaker, County Counsels’ Association of California, Northern California County Counsels’ Meeting (July 2013)
"Correctional Class Action Litigation: Risks, Prevention, & Litigation Strategies," co-speaker, San Joaquin Valley Regional Association of California Counties (October 2012)
"Employment Law Overview for Small Business Owners," La Cocina (April 2011)
"How to Hire Your First Employee," Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (March 2011)
"Significant Changes in Employment Law for California Employers in 2009," Association of Legal Administrators, Golden Gate Chapter (April 2009)
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