40 & Under List - West


Dispute resolution
40 and Under West

Nicole Lavallee operates from the San Francisco office of plaintiff shop Berman Tabacco, where she also serves as the managing partner. Lavallee focuses primarily on securities, an area in which she has excelled at substantial recoveries for investor clients.

Alison Libeu operates from the Los Angeles office of recently bi-coastal litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan and has swiftly etched herself a position as being an invaluable member of the team. "She's just a killer trial lawyer," sums up one peer. "She tried the Monster Energy case, in which she landed a verdict of almost $300 million."

Jennifer Keller, founder of her own Irvine-based litigation boutique Keller Anderle, is widely acknowledged as a “fierce” trial lawyer. “Jennifer is amazing,” testifies a peer. “She gets brought in on a big case when it looks like it’s going to go to trial! They also do appellate work, but it really is more trial-centric. And they WIN!” One client testifies, “Keller/Anderle represented me and my company in litigation against insurance companies, and they are the best representation that anyone can have.” Displaying a remarkable versatility in her trial prowess, and often on compressed timelines, Keller is known for juggling several "bet-the-company" cases simultaneously.

White-collar and securities star Melinda Haag has been a key component in the launch of Paul Weiss's West Coast presence, opening the firm's San Francisco office after joining in January 2021. Haag comes with unwavering peer support and "hardcore white-collar credentials"; she had previously done a five-year stint as the US Attorney for the Northern District of California, where she won acclaim for her impressive track record of prosecuting fraud and corruption claims.

Sonal Mehta
in WilmerHale's Silicon Valley office is one of the firm's youngest intellectual property trial stars. A peer in the patent space testifies, "Sonal is very strong and she's going to be very effective in the tech patent space for some time to come, and on some very high-value cases."