Victoria L. Weatherford

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Overview

Victoria Weatherford is a strong litigator with a wealth of experience at the state and local levels, including four years as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. An accomplished first-chair trial lawyer, she focuses her practice on a wide range of consumer protection and data privacy matters, with particular expertise in representing clients in the technology and consumer products industries in class action and government investigation matters.

Driven to help others navigate the litigation process, Victoria often defends companies facing a complex constellation of litigation from private plaintiffs, government enforcers and private attorneys general. As a Deputy City Attorney, she first-chaired statewide Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law cases to trial and served as lead counsel on appeal as a member of the office-wide Affirmative Litigation Task Force and the Code Enforcement Division. Victoria also regularly provides proactive advertising, marketing and business practice counseling for clients potentially facing FTC and state attorney general scrutiny.

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California Government Investigations, Enforcement and Litigation

  • Defended a market-leading consumer products company in an enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General, Los Angeles District Attorney and Los Angeles County Counsel, alleging false and misleading advertising, public nuisance and unfair competition.

Other Representative Matters

  • Counseled a leading social media network company on FTC and state advertising law requirements for new product launch.
  • Defended a leading consumer electronics company in numerous class actions in state and federal courts alleging false advertising and product defects.
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Experience

California Government Investigations, Enforcement and Litigation

  • Defended a market-leading consumer products company in an enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General, Los Angeles District Attorney and Los Angeles County Counsel, alleging false and misleading advertising, public nuisance and unfair competition.
  • Defended a rideshare company in an enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General and the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego City Attorneys, alleging the company has misclassified workers as independent contractors.
  • Defended a delivery network company in an enforcement action brought by the San Francisco District Attorney, alleging the company has misclassified workers as independent contractors.
  • Represented a global logistics and shipping company in an investigation by the California Attorney General into its COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Represented a global energy company in a FTC investigation for “green” advertising.
  • Counsel for a California public utility in challenging a local ordinance passed unlawfully due to county corruption.
  • Represented a former technology company executive in a California DOJ consumer privacy investigation.

Other Representative Matters

  • Counseled a leading social media network company on FTC and state advertising law requirements for new product launch.
  • Defended a leading consumer electronics company in numerous class actions in state and federal courts alleging false advertising and product defects.
  • Lead counsel for a leading home share company in a consumer data privacy matter, winning a complete defense verdict after trial and serving as lead appellate counsel.
  • Advised a global logistics and shipping company on marketing compliance with FTC and state “truth in advertising” standards.
  • Defended a leading CRM service provider in post-trial proceedings and on appeal in a mass online tort action.
  • Represented a leading social media networking company in a data privacy class action lawsuit and appeal arising out of the Cambridge Analytica events.
  • Defended a pharmaceutical company in a “reverse payment” antitrust class action arising out of a prior patent litigation settlement for a diabetes treatment.
  • Defended a major consumer products company against false advertising class actions involving personal care products.
  • Defended a leading technology company against antitrust class action relating to alleged agreements among seven companies not to cold-call each other’s employees.
  • Represented a drug-discovery company in patent infringement suit involving metastatic melanoma treatment.
  • Represented a foreign-owned investment entity in post-trial and appellate proceedings in commercial fraud matter.
  • Defended an automobile component part manufacturer in multi-district antitrust litigation involving alleged global price-fixing agreements.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 global gaming company’s Audit Committee into alleged FCPA violations in Macau and Mainland China, and represented the Audit Committee in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • American Bar Association: "On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers" (2020)
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Official Commendation and Certificate of Honor
    • For exceptional work enforcing short term rental laws and preserving San Francisco's affordable housing stock. (2018) 
    • For assisting 19 tenants living in a firetrap basement to find emergency housing, supportive services, and relocation payments from the landlord. (2017)
  • UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy: Alumni of the Year for distinguished record in public service or elected office. (2018)
  • Neighborhood Empowerment Network: Most Empowering City Employee of the Year (2017)  (The NEN is a San Francisco alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, nonprofits and faith–based organizations, foundations and academic institutions. The NEN implements programs to support communities as they build resilient neighborhoods, and which streamline community access to organizations, programs, resources, and technical support.) Simultaneously received official recognition and commendations from the California State Senate, California State Assembly, San Francisco Mayor, and San Francisco Assessor.

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of California
    • Northern District California Executive Committee (present)
    • National Task Force on Diversity (2017 to 2018)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers, Litigation Section: Co-chair (former)
  • UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy: Advisory Board
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Term Member
  • Carnegie Council: Carnegie New Leader
  • U.S.-Spain Council Young Leader (2018)
  • Leadership San Francisco graduate (2018 to 2019)
  • Pacific Council on International Policy
  • National Association of Attorneys General
  • ChIPs (Women in technology, law and policy), Silicon Valley Chapter

Community

  • YWCA Golden Gate - Silicon Valley
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee
  • San Francisco Opera Guild
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee

Prior Positions

  • San Francisco City Attorney's Office: Deputy City Attorney (2014 to 2018)
  • The Honorable William B. Shubb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California: Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: Law Clerk

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2009; Yale Law Journal, Notes Editor; Yale Journal on Regulation, Executive Editor
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa