Sandra A. Edwards

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Sandra Edwards, the Chair of Farella’s Environmental Law Department, 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.

In her product-related practice, Ms. Edwards has strategically and effectively defended her corporate clients in both individual and class action lawsuits for a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronic equipment, agricultural chemicals and construction materials. She has significant experience in high-stakes environmental lawsuits involving toxic torts, groundwater and contaminated sites, the Clean Water Act, 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. Ms. Edwards’ numerous federal and state court trials more 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.).
  • Obtained jury verdict in complex real estate/construction dispute, with findings of fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and a statutory violation (giving rise to attorneys’ fees) following a three-week jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court.
  • Represented pesticide manufacturer in numerous product liability lawsuits alleging crop damage resulting from use of an FDA-approved plant growth regulator.

Ms. Edwards also has extensive experience in construction law, and during a recent state court trial, negotiated 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 acting 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 2014–2018 and named in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants for 2018-2019.


  • Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • General Counsel, Secretary, Board of Directors, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (2008-present)
  • Co-Chair, Subcommittee of Women Environmental Lawyers, Environmental Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2010-present)
  • Co-Chair, Joint CLE Program Planning Subcommittee, Environmental Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2007-2008)
  • Co-Chair, ADR Subcommittee, Environmental Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2006)
  • Former Assistant District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco

Farella’s Environmental Law Department is recognized by Chambers USA as a top tier environmental practice in California, and by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a top tier firm nationally for its environmental and mass torts practice areas.