Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Estate and Probate Planning and Litigation

Paula C. Moreno

925.300.3520, ext. 305
Fax: 925.300.3386
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Partner, Office Managing Partner

Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, Toxic Tort, and Legal Services Management

Professional Experience

Ms. Moreno’s practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on toxic tort, product liability, and contract disputes. She has trial experience in each of these areas. Ms. Moreno has served as local and national counsel in cases involving asbestos-containing products, benzene, and chemical exposures. She has managed and supported all phases of litigation, including discovery, experts and trials in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. She is currently Ford Motor Company’s national asbestos and benzene litigation counsel and national expert coordinating asbestos counsel for Navistar, Inc. Ms. Moreno is also national asbestos counsel for General Motors Company and directs all aspects of that litigation. Additionally, she has represented numerous other companies in product liability and commercial litigation matters.  From 2002-2008, Ms. Moreno was an attorney at Thelen Reid, a 600 attorney Am Law 100 law firm.

Past and Present Representative Clients

Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Navistar, Inc., Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc., Sims Metal, AXT Inc., Chrysler Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Olympus, Fiatallis North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Jiffy Lube.

Representative Matters

  • National counsel for Ford Motor Company for asbestos, benzene and silica litigation
  • National asbestos counsel for General Motors Company
  • National expert coordinating counsel for Navistar, Inc.
  • Lead case attorney in numerous asbestos matters for Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Chrysler Corporation, Shell Oil Company, New Holland and other companies
  • Obtained defense verdict for international furniture wholesaler in a jury trial involving breach of contract claims
  • Represented property and business owners in matters involving ground water contamination from leaking waste storage tanks
  • Represented leading medical device manufacturer in claim of respiratory disease from alleged defective medical device
  • Represented one of world’s largest oil companies in contract dispute with service station dealer involving fuel pricing and lost profit allegations
  • Represented major metal processor and exporter in California Unfair Competition action
  • Represented manufacturer in personal injury action alleging birth defects from in utero exposures to chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing process

Education and Honors

  • Silicon Valley Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award recipient, 2013
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Honors Moot Court Board, 2001
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Political Science, Minor, Public Policy, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

Past Legal Experience

  • Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner LLP, Associate, 2006-2008
  • Thelen, Reid & Priest LLP, Summer Associate 2001, Associate, 2002-2006
  • California State Attorney General, Employment and Administrative Mandate Section, Summer Associate 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • THINK Together, Member Board of Directors, Bay Area Council Chair, 2013 to September 2014
  • Bay Area After School All-Stars, Past Vice-President, 2006-2013
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Past Director At Large
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • California Minority Counsel Program