Kristen Palumbo


Kristen Palumbo is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on antitrust cases, class actions and other high-stakes complex commercial litigation.  Kristen is experienced in all phases of litigation, including pre-filing investigations, fact discovery, document review, expert discovery, motion practice, settlement and trial.  She has received favorable results for her clients across a wide range of industries and technologies, including energy, accounting, consumer electronics, microprocessors, flash memory and data storage systems, biometric authorization and payment solutions, enterprise software and support services.  Kristen has also represented pro bono clients in a variety of matters, primarily focused on prisoner’s rights.

Before joining the firm, Kristen was an antitrust and commercial litigator at two international law firms, where she chaired the firms’ San Francisco Pro Bono and Charitable Giving Committees and served on the firms’ Diversity and Hiring Committees.

Kristen is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was managing editor of the USF Law Review, and she earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2001

  • Managing Editor, USF Law Review
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Evidence, Federal Courts and Children’s Rights
  • Student Representative, Hiring Committee

B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College, 1995, Philosophy & Psychology

  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • California
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Represented multinational computer technology company in nationwide consumer class action alleging antitrust claims relating to standards development and licensing activities; played leading role in district and appellate court briefing resulting in dismissal of claims.
  • Represented multinational enterprise software company in federal court action alleging copyright infringement, computer fraud and related claims; played leading role in complaint preparation, coordinated all aspects of discovery including design and implementation of discovery plan, managed multiple expert witnesses, drafted successful summary judgment motion regarding counterclaim.
  • Represented multinational technology company in nationwide class actions alleging state and federal antitrust (monopolization) claims; played leading role in briefing resulting in defeat of class certification; worked extensively with
  • Represented multinational technology company in class and individual actions alleging price-fixing in the sale of TFT-LCD panels; played leading role in motion to dismiss briefing in district and appellate courts; managed significant electronic discovery; worked extensively with experts.
  • Represented state agency as second chair in arbitration and state court bench and jury trials in connection with claims against energy supplier stemming from California energy crisis; managed all aspects of cases, including motions, discovery and trial preparation and proceedings.
  • Represented City and County of San Francisco in state court litigation alleging breach of contract, negligence and trespass in connection with construction projects and gas pipeline installation.
  • Represented financial services company in pursuit of unpaid fees and against allegations of fraud; played key role in significant discovery motions, multiple summary judgment motions, prepared and defended depositions.
  • Represented biometric authorization and payment solutions provider in state and federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings involving patent infringement and breach of contract claims.
  • Represented major accounting firm in multiple state court cases alleging fraud, breach of contract and related claims.
  • Represented car manufacturer in class action lawsuit alleging unfair competition and false advertising claims.
  • Represented creditors and Chapter 11 trustees in several complex and contested bankruptcies and related adversary proceedings.
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2010, 2013)
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Equal Rights Advocates (2013-2019)