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Michele C. Barnes

Partner
+1.415.249.1011
Fax +1.415.882.8220
Ms. Barnes is a seasoned trial attorney who is a member of the firm’s mass tort and product liability practice group. Ms. Barnes has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals.

Ms. Barnes provides clients with practical and real-world advice drawn from her interactions with thousands of prospective and seated jurors. Ms. Barnes represents manufacturers and suppliers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases and counsels a variety of companies on risk management of potential product liability claims.

Ms. Barnes regularly trains and mentors young lawyers and paralegals and is a founding member of the San Francisco office’s Women in the Profession committee. Ms. Barnes has assisted victims of domestic abuse gain asylum and has worked with children navigating a variety of dependency placement issues. Within the community, Ms. Barnes has served on the Executive Boards for the Tiburon Peninsula Little League and the Foundation for Reed Schools.

Ms. Barnes graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1993.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
Consulting and advice matters
  • Counsel traffic detection and tracking company regarding California Privacy Act and limitation of liability release in end-user agreements.
  • Counsel SaaS developer regarding limitation of liability release for intelligent-transportation software.
  • Prepare educational materials and provide training regarding product liability risks for large equipment manufacturer’s engineers and sales people.
  • Counsel computer hardware developer on product liability risks and CPMC compliance.
  • Counsel industrial vacuum manufacturer regarding product liability risks and precautions.
  • Lecture international representatives regarding potential product liability risks.
Litigation matters
  • Oversee national litigation strategy for major manufacturer of outdoor living products in catastrophic injury cases.
  • Oversee national litigation strategy for marine equipment manufacturer in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.
  • Lead trial counsel for compaction technology company in catastrophic injury cases.
  • Lead trial counsel for marine equipment manufacturer in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.
  • Develop and implement California discovery, settlement, and trial strategy for major industrial equipment manufacturer for wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.
  • Lead trial counsel for major industrial equipment manufacturer for wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.
  • Lead trial counsel for major energy management and automation company.
  • Develop and implement California discovery, settlement, and trial strategy for major energy management and automation company.
  • Develop and implement California discovery and settlement strategy for fluid control systems manufacturer in wrongful death cases.
  • Develop and implement discovery and settlement strategy for thermal technology company in catastrophic injury cases.
  • Draft various writs and appellate briefings.
  • Oral arguments before California Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in various matters.