Racheal Turner, a partner in the Business Litigation practice group, litigates complex civil disputes in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Her diverse practice includes breach of contract, business torts, class action, unfair competition, insurance coverage, employment, and real estate litigation. Ms. Turner also assists clients in intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement. She also advises clients on developing, building, and protecting their brands, and she regularly represents clients in trademark prosecution and enforcement proceedings.
Ms. Turner brings a practical, client-focused approach to her cases. She honed her keen understanding of the business considerations that affect litigation decision-making during a six-month secondment to Visa Inc. where she served as in-house litigation counsel.
Ms. Turner is an experienced trial attorney who has tried cases in state and federal court. Representing plaintiffs and defendants, her litigation experience spans key industries driving the economy – technology and industrial manufacturing; Internet and e-commerce; financial services; and food and beverage production, distribution, and marketing. Her experience includes:
Defending a leading computer company in a consumer class action.
Representing publicly traded semiconductor manufacturers in both patent infringement and insurance coverage disputes.
Prosecuting breach of contract, breach of warranty, and negligence claims on behalf of a plaintiff start-up company including defeating a summary judgment motion, and then winning critical motions in limine, which led to a favorable settlement.
Significant appellate experience, including a victory in which the Court of Appeal reduced the compensatory damages award by $13 million and ordered a new trial on punitive damages.
Ms. Turner maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representation of a California death row inmate in federal habeas corpus proceedings. She is also an engaged member of the business and legal community. She recently served on the Board of Urban Services YMCA, and she has chaired several programs for the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco.