Sandra Edwards, the chair of Farella’s Environmental and Product Law Departments, has extensive trial experience in federal and state court in her litigation practice and as a former Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
Ms. Edwards has strategically and effectively litigated on behalf of her corporate clients in high-stakes environmental lawsuits involving toxic torts, groundwater and contaminated sites, CERCLA, FIFRA and Proposition 65, as well as private attorney general actions and citizen suits. Her clients include chemical and agricultural companies, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and developers. She also has significant experience in product-related litigation representing manufacturers and distributors in both individual and class action lawsuits that involve a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronic equipment, agricultural chemicals and construction materials. Her numerous federal and state court trials recently include:
- A pharmaceutical liability federal district court jury trial where the Hon. J. Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) returned a directed verdict for her client, followed by a jury verdict for the defense as well. Hill v. Novartis Pharm. Corp. (E.D. Cal.).
- Serving as lead counsel in several lawsuits brought by various municipalities and irrigation districts throughout California alleging contamination of water supplies due to historical applications of agricultural products.
Ms. Edwards has extensive experience in construction law, and during a recent state court trial, negotiated during opening statements the settlement of a multi-party litigation on behalf of one of the nation’s largest aviation authorities. She represents owners, developers and contractors and has successfully handled claims for breach of contract and professional negligence, and for extra work, delay, disruption and loss of productivity.
Prior to serving as Department Chair, Ms. Edwards served two terms as a member of Farella’s five-person Advisory Board, which provides long-term strategic direction for the firm. She is listed among the Northern California Super Lawyers for 2014 and 2015.