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Linda E. Shostak

Linda E. Shostak

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA, USA

Ms. Shostak has specialized in litigation and trial work. She has tried multiple cases to jury verdict, including employment law matters, commercial disputes, libel, and criminal cases. Ms. Shostak also has substantial experience with bench trials and arbitrations. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She recently scored a trial victory, as first chair, in a precedent-setting Proposition 65 case in defense of 16 food manufacturers.

Ms. Shostak has particular experience litigating and trying employment law matters, representing both public and private sector clients,  and  on a limited basis, individual plaintiffs. She also obtained a multi-million-dollar verdict in a sexual harassment case against a governmental entity.

Ms. Shostak has tried a variety of discrimination claims, including disability, national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to hire/promote, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. On occasion, Ms. Shostak has also represented a single corporate defendant who has become the target of a series of lawsuits orchestrated by various plaintiff groups. Ms. Shostak successfully disposed of a series of such cases, including a jury trial resulting in a defense verdict on behalf of a major technology company.

Ms. Shostak also has substantial experience both in class actions and the defense of Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200. She obtained a complete defense verdict for a research subsidiary of a major pharmaceutical company wherein the plaintiff alleged that he was fraudulently induced to accept employment with the company. Ms. Shostak tried, in defense of a major title insurance company, two successive jury trials, totaling some six months in length, on the subject of employee movement between competitors and trade secret theft. These cases resulted in comparatively low plaintiffs’ verdicts with total success on the trade secret defense. On behalf of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Ms. Shostak successfully settled an equal pay class action, involving approximately 3,000 potential class members, after obtaining summary judgment against the lead plaintiff, causing the plaintiffs to abandon their class equal pay claims, and reducing Lawrence Livermore’s exposure to liability on the remaining claims.

Ms. Shostak has lectured extensively on a variety of professional subjects. She has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, spoken on panels for the Libel Defense Research Counsel, and has been a frequent lecturer for CEB, the Rutter Group, ABA, and ABTL. Ms. Shostak is a former chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Litigation Section, and has been profiled in The American Lawyer and Forbes. Since 2004, San Francisco Magazine has listed Ms. Shostak as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers.” She has also been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the field of employment and labor law by Best Lawyers in America (2008 – 2015), the Daily Journal (2012), and Corporate Counsel (2008).

Ms. Shostak received her B.A. from Vassar College in 1970, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received highest honors. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973. Ms. Shostak has been with Morrison & Foerster for more than 40 years, beginning as an associate in 1974, and then as a partner in 1979. From 1973 to 1974, Ms. Shostak was associated with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Ms. Shostak is a member of the California and New York bars.

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