Roxanne Wilson

Roxanne M. Wilson



  • Loyola Law School, 1980, J.D.
  • Claremont Graduate University, 1977, M.A., Public Policy
  • Scripps College, 1976, cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington

Roxanne is a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group.  She has over 30 years of experience litigating product liability, employment and complex commercial matters.

Over the course of her career, Roxanne has represented top tier pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of litigation matters in federal and state courts as national, regional and local counsel.  She has tried complex pharmaceutical cases in California and other jurisdictions. 

She has also represented major products manufacturers in a wide range of litigation matters, including personal injury and toxic tort litigation. 

Roxanne has provided ongoing advice to and has successfully represented employers in numerous employment-related law suits.  She has conducted workplace investigations for corporate clients as well as annual audits to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing the work place.  She has conducted training seminars for clients' human resources personnel and in-house counsel, as well as for lawyers and staff in her law firm.  She serves as employment counsel to her firm in California.

She has litigated class actions involving employee misclassification issues, wage and hour laws, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and unfair business practices and false advertising under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 for clients engaged in a variety of businesses.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
  • 1998 - Arter & Hadden
  • 1988 - Dickson, Carlson & Campillo
  • 1980 - Haight, Dickson, Brown & Bonesteel

Honors & Awards

  • Reed Smith's Southern California Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)

Reported Decisions

  • Vess v. Ciby-Geigy Corp., 317 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • FSR Brokerage, Inc. v. Superior Court, 35 Cal. App. 4th 69 (1995)
  • Castrignano v. Squibb, 900 F.2d 455 (1st Cir. 1990)
  • Jolly v. Boyle, 44 Cal. 3d 1103 (1988)
  • Castrignano v. Squibb, 546 F.2d 775 (R. I. 1986)
  • Kensinger v. Abbot, 171 Cal. App. 3d 376 (1985)
  • Deitchman v. Squibb, 740 F.2d 556 (7th Cir. 1984)
  • Andrews v. Lilly, 97 F.R.D. 494 (N.D. Ill. 1983)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Seaver Institute Board of Directors 2005-present
  • AGB Council of Board Chairs, Member 2005-2012
  • Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers 2004-2009
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Member, Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Section, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Section, Products Liability Section, Vice Chair Development & Retention Committee (2006), Vice Chair MDC Drug, Device and Biotechnology Section (2003 – 2011; ex officio) Member 1998 – present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 1994-present
  • Scripps College Board of Trustees 1992-1994 and 1997-present; Chair July 2004-2009; President, Scripps College Alumnae Association 1992-1994; Member, Scripps College Alumnae Council 1983-1995
  • American Bar Association Member Employment, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections 1980-present
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Board Member, 1993-2000) Member 1980-present
  • Defense Research Institute Member, Corporate Counsel Commercial Litigator Committee-Large Law Firm Subcommittee 2004-2007, Member 1980-present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section Executive Committee (2007-present), Chair (2013 - present)
  • California Bar Association 1980-present