Alicia Adornato Baiardo

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  • Santa Clara University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Editor in Chief, Santa Clara Journal of International Law; Pupillage Member, The Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court Advocacy, Best Oralist Award; CALI Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law II; Order of the Coif, 2007
  • Gonzaga University, BA, Criminal Justice, minor in Spanish, magna cum laude, 2003
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  • California
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  • Spanish

Ali is a partner in the firm's Financial Services Litigation Department. Ali represent clients in both state and federal court, handling an array of general civil litigation matters including financial services litigation, complex commercial cases and trust and estate disputes. She successfully advocates for her clients at all stages of litigation including e-discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, settlement negotiations, trial preparation, as well as trial and post-trial work if necessary. Recently, Ali prosecuted a judicial foreclosure action and defended against counterclaims claiming the lender had failed to adequately review the borrower’s loan modification application.  Ali has litigated numerous cases which triggered application of Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  Ali also recently successfully defended against a challenge to her client’s $18 million estate plan – which persisted up until the literal eve of trial. That defense included defending against three separate lawsuits and two appeals and resulted in a $500,000+ award of fees and costs back to the client.

Ali has additional experience assisting clients in trust and estate litigation matters involving undue influence allegations, accounting disputes, life estate valuations, inter-family disputes over distribution of assets, special trustee’s fiduciary duties in administering family trust worth over $100 million, trustee’s fiduciary duties under Hawaii law in administering family trust worth over $30 million with properties in Hawaii and California. Additionally, Ali has significant pro bono experience litigating asylum and prisoner rights' cases.

Ali served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California 

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Defended major national banks in litigation triggering Articles 3 and 4 of the Commercial Code, including customer obligations, unauthorized signatures, know your customer, electronic funds transfers and applicable federal preemption.

Co-author, "5 Things You Should Know About Telephone Spoofing," Law360, August 5, 2016
Author, "California Court of Appeals Reaffirms Sanctity of Attorney-Client Relationship; Billing Invoices Privileged in Their Entirety," BNA's Corporate Counsel Weekly, May 20, 2015