Sophia M. AchermannSophia M. Achermann

Location: San Francisco, California
Phone: 877-226-7103
Fax: 415-433-5440

Sophia completed her undergraduate education in 2004 at the University of California, Irvine, with a B.A. in Social Ecology, with a pre-law focus. After a year of handling risk management and negotiations on predatory lending claims in Southern California, she began her legal education at the University of San Francisco. There, she served as Associate Editor of the USF Maritime Law Journal (Volume 19), Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Challenges (Volume 10), and tutored the subject of Contracts.

During law school, Sophia was inspired by San Francisco’s prevalent social services network, and she advocated for the rights of San Francisco’s homeless population during law school and worked on eviction defense cases. She also worked as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Right out of law school, Sophia began practicing as a trial attorney at Mary Alexander & Associates where she litigates large and complex personal injury, wrongful death and product defect cases on behalf of individuals. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012.

One of Sophia’s most notable trial victories includes a $1.15 billion judgment in 2014. Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ordered lead paint companies to pay $1.15 Billion into a fund to remove lead paint from the homes of 10 counties and cities in California. Sophia was one of the trial lawyers that represented public entities against lead paint companies that promoted and sold lead paint for use on homes

Sophia is known for her passion and perseverance in representing victims of all types of injuries, which makes her a valuable member of the firm.

Admitted to practice in the State of California and the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California.

Areas of Practice

  • Transportation cases, including:
    • Motor vehicle accidents
    • Public transportation accidents
    • Auto defects
  • Workplace accident cases, involving:
    • Construction accidents
    • Maritime claims
  • Fire Claims such as:
    • Northbay Fires
    • Oakland Ghost Ship Fire
  • Premises and product liability cases that include:
    • Balcony/deck/stair accidents
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Defective hip replacements
    • Negligent security
    • Physical assault on another’s property
  • Abuse and neglect casesincluding:
    • Sexual abuse
    • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Medical malpractice cases that include cases involving:
    • Birth injuries
    • Surgical errors
    • Failure to diagnose
  • Maritime injury cases that include cases involving:
    • Fishing accidents
    • Cruise ship injuries
    • Maintenance and cure
    • Seamen injury
  • Train and railway accident cases

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • Law Journal: USF Maritime Law Journal (Volume 19), Associate Editor
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Social Challenges (Volume 10), Managing Editor
  • University of California, Irvine
    • B.A. – 2004
    • Major: Social Ecology

Honors and Awards

  • Selected as a Rising Star by Superlawyers, 2012 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judicial Extern

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