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Whitney Roy

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Ms. Roy specializes in business litigation and complex environmental litigation.


Ms. Roy's experience includes representing clients in a variety of business disputes and against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, unfair business practices, negligence, nuisance and trespass. She has also developed a specialty in litigation relating to products liability, Proposition 65, the Clean Air Act, and CERCLA. She has been involved in insurance litigation and defending class action lawsuits. Ms. Roy's cases have related to a broad spectrum of industries including oil companies, financial institutions, insurance, real estate, construction equipment, and pharmaceuticals. She has experience in all aspects of California and federal civil procedure including drafting and opposing motions; arguing motions in court; propounding and responding to discovery; conducting and defending depositions; preparing for and representing clients in trial and private arbitration; and briefing for various appellate courts.


Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association; Member, American Bar Association; Member, Women's Law Association of Los Angeles; Member, California Women Lawyers; Member, National Association of Women Lawyers; Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Alumnus, Leadership California - Class of 2005; Luminary Member, Step-Up Women's Network


J.D., University of Southern California, 2000, worked for noted Professor Charles Whitebread as a teaching and research assistant and contributed to the publication of numerous articles regarding constitutional law and criminal procedure, as well as Professor Whitebread's annual publication Recent Decisions of the United States Supreme Court 1998-1999; staff member for the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies.; B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, cum laude; B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, cum laude

United States: Industry focus

Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Market sources have recognized Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ambition and desire to grow, and salute the lawyers’ technical capabilities. The group handles regulatory and permitting matters before federal, state and local agencies, Proposition 65 compliance and defence, rights and liabilities regarding potential contamination and wetlands, endangered species and water quality, and permitting matters relating to the construction and operation of energy production and industrial facilities. A recent highlight saw  Los Angeles-based practice co-chairs Jeffrey Parker and Whitney Roy obtaining summary judgement for Exxon Mobil and ExxonMobil Oil in an MTBE product liability multi-district litigation. San Francisco-based Nico Van Aelstyn is also recommended.

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