is an experienced litigator specializing in the areas of employment, constitutional, and general commercial law and probate. In addition, she represents childhood sexual abuse survivors in civil actions against their abusers, most recently in multiple actions against church entities including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco for clergy abuse, resulting in consistent significant settlements for the victims. Ms. Alonso has an active civil rights practice focusing on police misconduct, and currently represents plaintiffs in actions against two different Northern California cities and their police departments. She has extensive experience litigating wrongful termination, employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, and also provides general employment counseling, including hiring, firing and severance issues. Her commercial litigation experience includes cases involving unfair competition, intellectual property disputes, contract disputes, misappropriation, and related business torts. She has represented both claimants and personal representatives in estate and trust contests.
Ms. Alonso’s significant litigation experience includes serving as trial counsel in a $400 million dollar will contest resulting in judgment for the client; acting as defense counsel in multiple claims hearings in a sexual discrimination class action; and serving as trial counsel in a state constitutional challenge to legislation requiring minors to obtain parental consent to abortion, and in a federal constitutional challenge to California’s unitary taxation policy.
Ms. Alonso is admitted to practice in all California state courts and various federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She has received public recognition for her pro bono activities, including the State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. She has been named an Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer by the Volunteer Legal Services Program as well as receiving repeated commendations from that program.
Ms. Alonso received an A.B. degree with highest honors from the University of California at Davis in 1983, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986. Member, National Police Accountability Project; Bar Association of San Francisco (Member: Litigation Section).