Mary E. Alexander

Mary E. AlexanderLocation: San Francisco, California
Phone: 415-966-2626, 415-966-2626
Fax:415-433-5440
Email: E-mail Me

Most lawyers take on a case – a few take on a cause. Over the past 30 years, Mary Alexander has earned a national reputation for her work protecting consumer rights, winning the respect of clients and colleagues alike. A past president of both the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mary’s career – both in and out of the courtroom – has focused on one thing: ensuring that those who have been harmed by the negligent, preventable actions of others get their day in court – and get the answers, and justice, they deserve.

In the process, Mary has built a notable record of success, both before juries and at the negotiation table. Some of the highlights include:

  • A $45 million verdict for a San Mateo victim,  who had her neck broken, was paralyzed for life, and became a quadriplegic when her car was struck by a driver speeding through a red light
  • A $13.3 million verdict for a severely injured client in Hall v. Yosemite Park and Curry Company, in which faulty bicycle brakes triggered a crash resulting in quadriplegia
  • A $5.5 million settlement for a long haul trucker was run over by another trucker while outside of the cab of his rig safely locking and inspecting his load.
  • A $4 million settlement in a San Francisco Municipal Railway accident, Landsverk v. CCSF
  • A $4 million settlement in a pedestrian accident, Ruszak v. State Farm

But it’s not just the results that have made Mary one of California’s most sought-after trial attorneys. It’s also a unique combination of capabilities and compassion that few lawyers can bring to their cases – or their clients. A scientist before she studied law, Mary leverages her technical background in every matter she takes on, and is well known for her ability to explain complicated theories to juries – and for using high-tech courtroom exhibits that help make difficult points easy to comprehend. She’s taken on cases other lawyers won’t, or can’t – such as child sex abuse cases – and assisted clients from all walks of life. Because someone who has been harmed is someone who should be helped.

Along the way, Mary, a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, has been recognized repeatedly by her peers, and the press, for her work. Her awards and honors include:

  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010
  • Recognized as one of the Top 30 Women Litigators in 2002 and Top 50 Women Litigators in 2003 and 2004 by the California Daily Journal
  • Repeatedly named one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the California Daily Journal
  • Past editor-in-chief of Forum, a publication of the Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1997

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982

Published Works

  • Past Editor-in-Chief of Forum, Consumer Attorneys of California Publication

Representative Cases

  • Hall v. Yosemite Park
  • Landsverk v. CCSF
  • Ruszak v. State Farm

Honors and Awards

  • ABA Pursuit of Justice Award, 2003
  • ABOTA Foundation Life Fellow, 2002
  • AAJ Distinguished Service Award, 2007
  • AAJ Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus Special Recognition Award, 2006
  • AAJ Minority Caucus Trailblazer Award, 2002
  • AAJ Women’s Caucus Marie Lambert Award, 1996
  • AAJ New Lawyer’s Division of AAJ Joe Tonahill Award, 1995
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1993
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1996
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 1993
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2000
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2002
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2004
  • Edward T. Pollack Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1998
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1994 – 1996
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996
  • President’s Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • President Public Justice Award, 1996
  • 2003 Special Achievement Award, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Named by San Francisco Chronicle One of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 1986
  • Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Northern California Superlawyers, 2005 – 2010
  • US Action Leadership Award, 2003
  • Daily Journal Top 50 Women Litigators, 2003
  • Middlesex County Bar Association Minuteman Award — Special Guest of Honor, 2002
  • Maryland. Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 2002
  • Daily Journal Top 30 Women Litigators, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Themis Capital Corporation, 2001
  • Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California — Daily Journal, 2001 – 2003
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 1999
  • Democratic Caucus of California State Assembly Award of Appreciation, 1996
  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2010
  • Top 50 Women Litigators, by the California Daily Journal, 2004
  • Repeatedly Named One of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the California Daily Journal
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame for the State Bar of California: Litigation Section

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1982 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1997 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, National Board, 2005 – 2006
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Member
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, 1984 – Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Board Member, 2004 – 2007
  • American Association for Justice, President, 2003
  • American Association for Justice, President Elect, 2002
  • American Association for Justice, Vice President, 2001
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, 2000
  • American Association for Justice, Treasurer, 1999
  • American Association for Justice, Parliamentarian, 1998
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, State Delegates, 1996 – 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, Council of Presidents, 1996 – 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, Membership Committee, 1994 – 1995
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, PAC Task Force, 1995 – 1996
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, AAJ Endowment, 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, AAJ Endowment, 2008
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Board of AAJ Endowment, 1998 – Present
  • Roscoe Pound Institute, President, 2005
  • AAJ Leaders’ Forum, Member, 2002 – Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President, 1996
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President-Elect, 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Vice President, 1994
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Parliamentarian, 1993
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, Board of Governors, 1988 – 1992
  • California Women Lawyers, Member, 1982 – Present
  • National Center for State Courts, Attorney Board Member, 2004 – Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 1984 – 1999
  • Public Justice, Member, 1982 – Present
  • Public Justice, Member, Board of Governors, 1995 – 1999
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1995 – Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1997 – 1999
  • Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Member, Board of Visitors
  • National Crimes Victims Association, President

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