Elizabeth Branham’s practice focuses on the defense of product liability, catastrophic personal injury, toxic tort, and general liability cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Her clients include manufacturers, wholesalers, premises owners, and gig economy contractors. Elizabeth also defends automobile manufacturers in warranty litigation and second-chaired a trial in which a complete defense verdict was obtained.
Elizabeth works in all phases of litigation and has brought successful motions to dismiss out of state defendants for lack of personal jurisdiction, prepared state and federal cases for trial and negotiated settlements at the trial court level. She has pursued petitions for writ of mandate and prepared opening and respondents’ briefs at the appellate level. To date, she has taken hundreds of depositions on behalf of clients, including trial cross examinations of plaintiffs and percipient and expert witnesses.
Elizabeth also has experience representing Fortune 500 corporations in tax controversies as well as Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board investigations. She has defended ERISA fiduciaries, plan sponsors, and selling shareholders in litigation matters involving ESOPs and business transactions in a range of controversies covering fiduciary responsibilities and ESOP valuation disputes. She gives back to her community through pro bono litigation in the Eastern District of California.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2009)
- Senior Notes Editor, Hastings Law Journal
- Legal Writing & Research Teaching Assistant
- University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2005)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- State Bar of California
- San Francisco Bar Association
- Busk v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Placer
- Larry Watson et al., v. John Crane Inc., et al., Superior Court of California, County of Solano