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, and real estate litigation. Ms. Turner assists clients in intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement. She also defends employers against a variety of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation.
Ms. Turner brings a practical, client-focused approach to her cases. Her keen understanding of the business considerations that affect litigation decision-making was honed recently during a six-month secondment to Visa Inc. where she served as in-house litigation counsel.
Ms. Turner is an experienced litigator 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. Ms. Turner defended a computer company in a consumer class action, and she has represented semiconductor manufacturers in both patent infringement and insurance coverage disputes. In another case on behalf of a plaintiff start-up company, Ms. Turner successfully defeated a summary judgment motion, and then won critical motions in limine, leading to a favorable settlement. Ms. Turner also has significant appellate experience, including a recent victory where 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 community and the bar. She serves on the Board of Urban Services YMCA, and she was the 2012 Chair of the Annual Meeting for the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco.