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Overview of Services

Hanson Bridgett litigators provide custom solutions to help clients achieve results that matter. We balance cost effective litigation management tools with time tested techniques to find advantages during all phases of the dispute, whether it be discovery, trial, arbitration, mediation or otherwise. The firm’s litigation practice spans many substantive areas and includes deep experience at all levels of research and investigation, discovery, project management, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. When problems arise, we work closely with the client to identify and master the key issues and objectives, mapping a strategy for resolving the dispute in keeping with the client’s goals and means.

By taking a proactive approach, we identify and create choices for resolving disputes while helping the client to identify and manage the risks and benefits of each particular path. We are no strangers to the courtroom and have won many important victories that have generated headlines. However, time has shown that our greatest victories are those that came through the careful planning, strategic analysis and open communication that has produced satisfied, well informed, clients who continue to work with Hanson Bridgett. 

Major Areas of Focus:

  • Appellate
  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care and Senior Housing & Care
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Trust & Estates




Key Contact

Batya Forsyth
Batya Forsyth
San Francisco, CA
Privacy, Data Security and Governance
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

News & Resources

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Ready for California's Disruption of the Civil Discovery Act?

SB 235 requires most civil litigants to share information and documents supporting their claims and defenses at the outset of any case filed after January 1, 2024.  Upon demand, parties will have 60 days to produce supporting witness information, documents, and insurance details. Intended to bring efficiency and swifter resolution to civil process, the new law adds to available discovery methods and may bring unsupportable claims to light early in the litigation process.

Business Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Real Estate Litigation
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The Nuts and Bolts of Trust, Estate and Financial Elder Abuse Mediation

Dan Spector provides a practical guide to mediations of disputes involving trust, estate (which is used broadly to include contested conservatorships), and civil financial elder abuse (“FEA”) claims.

Family Wealth Planning
Health Care Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Real Estate Litigation
Business Litigation
Press Release |

Hanson Bridgett Prevails for Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District and Bay Area Toll Authority

October 10, 2023 (San Francisco, CA) – On October 5, 2023, a litigation team led by Hanson Bridgett partner Alexandra Atencio secured dismissal of a putative class-action lawsuit on behalf of long-time clients the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District (District) and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA).   

Public Transit and Transportation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
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Pollock v. Superior Court of Los Angeles

On July 31, 2023, the 2nd Appellate District issued its decision in Pollock v. Superior Court of Los Angeles holding that, unlike a response to a production demand, a document production does not have to be verified

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Business Litigation
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May We Approach the Bench?

David Casarrubias, Thomas Rivera, Bianca Velez, Brenda Quintanilla, and Cynthia Loyola discuss the large majority of California courts that do not reflect the Latinx communities they serve.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution