Kelly A. Woodruff

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Kelly Woodruff chairs the firm’s Appellate Litigation practice, and is a partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation department.  She also is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Women Leadership Committee, which is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women at the firm and in the community.

Ms. Woodruff’s clients consist of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil, bankruptcy and class action litigation and appeals, but she has particular depth in disputes involving allegations of corporate wrongdoing, such as trade secret misappropriation, unfair business competition, securities fraud, trademark and copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.  Recent notable engagements include:

  • Defeating all claims asserted by her client’s former employer (for trade secret misappropriation, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and more) and prevailing on the client’s counterclaims for breach of contract and conversion, all on summary judgment. 
  • Successfully defending an appeal of a sizable arbitration award and succeeding on appeal to pierce the corporate veil to add defendant’s owner as a judgment debtor.
  • Defeating a potentially $100 million breach of contract claim by a client’s competitor after a 25-day arbitration hearing.
  • Serving as Special Litigation Counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in the Cascade Acceptance Corporation bankruptcy to pursue insider claims in excess of $50 million for breach of fiduciary duty, mismanagement and fraudulent transfers, and settling all claims shortly after obtaining an asset freeze on defendants’ assets.
  • Settling a $15+ million case involving an international equipment leasing fraud scheme on behalf of a defrauded lender.

Ms. Woodruff’s appellate practice includes numerous writs and appeals to the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.  Ms. Woodruff is committed to pro bono practice and devotes substantial energies to representing prisoners in civil rights appeals at the Ninth Circuit and death penalty habeas corpus petitioners.


  • Chair, State Bar Federal Courts Committee (2011-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Appellate Law Section
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, ABA Woman Advocate Committee