Paula is a member of the firm’s Appellate Group. Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she participated in the review of over 500 federal appeals. Her appellate experience and practice include administrative/regulatory law, admiralty/maritime, bankruptcy, business/commercial, civil rights, constitutional law, criminal (including securities law and tax evasion), employment (including Title VII), environmental, habeas corpus, immigration, insurance and reinsurance, product liability, and trademarks and patents. She also has extensive experience working on federal appeals filed in the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, and litigation experience in state and federal courts in admiralty/maritime, anti-trust, environmental, False Claims Act/qui tam/ whistleblower suits, domestic and international insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, and shareholder derivative actions.
Paula is a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Special Committee on Bench/Bar Relations, the ABA Judicial Division’s Council of Appellate Lawyers, the State Bar of California Committee on Appellate Courts, and the Los Angeles Bar Association’s Appellate Courts Section. She has published articles on appellate law and is a frequent lecturer at education programs for appellate practitioners. She teaches as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School and regularly serves as a judge for various law school moot court competitions.