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Mary E. Alexander

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C.
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1303
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-854-4970
Fax: 415-433-5440
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Mary E. Alexander is the founder and owner of Mary Alexander & Associates, PC, in San Francisco, California. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial advocates in the country, Ms. Alexander provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Bay Area and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Clergy abuse

·       Child sexual abuse

·       Brain injury and other serious injury claims

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Alexander has achieved remarkable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of those adversely affected by someone else's negligent, reckless or unlawful actions. Among her most notable successes, she served as lead counsel on a team that secured a settlement of more than $305 million against various paint manufacturers regarding lead paint exposure, and she obtained a verdict of $45 million for a victim paralyzed as a result of a preventable car accident.

Ms. Alexander has secured numerous other multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for her plaintiff clients, and she has gained a reputation as one of the state most sought-after trial lawyers. The Daily Journal named her a Top 100 Attorney in California in 2018 and 2019, and the San Francisco Chronicle named her among the San Francisco Bay Area’s Top 10 Trial Attorneys. 

She has also received designation as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California and among the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorney in California, and she has received many other top-rankings, awards and endorsements from her peers, including consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America as well as an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

A leader in her legal community, Ms. Alexander is a member of a number of professional legal organizations, including The Bar Association of San Francisco, where she has served as board member, and the American Association for Justice, where she has served as president. She is also a Senior Life Fellow with the American Board of Trial Advocates, and she is a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability.

A graduate of The University of Iowa, Ms. Alexander received her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976 and her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1982. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Articles about Mary E. Alexander appearing in Super Lawyers

About Mary E. Alexander

First Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: https://maryalexanderlaw.com/attorneys/mary-e-alexander/

Representative Clients

  • Child sexual abuse survivors Brain injury from auto accidents Spinal cord injuries from auto accidents
  • Ruszak v. State Farm
  • Landsverk v. CCSF
  • Hall v. Yosemite Park

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1984 - Present
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996
  • President, American Association for Justice, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers for America, 2002
  • Member, Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1988 - 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1986
  • Parliamentarian, American Association for Justice, 1998
  • Board Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - 1999
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, State Bar of California Litigation Section, 2012
  • Chair, American Association for Justice, Membership Committee, 1994 - 1995
  • Member, Board of Governors, Western Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 - Present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1997 - Present
  • Secretary, AAJ Endowment, American Association for Justice, 2008
  • Member, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Senior Counsel, College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • Member, AAJ Leaders' Forum, 2002 - Present
  • President Elect, American Association for Justice, 2002
  • Parliamentarian, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1993
  • California, 1982
  • Treasurer, American Association for Justice, 1999
  • Board Member, National Center for State Courts, 2004 - Present
  • President, American Association of Justice, 2003
  • Chair, Council of Presidents, American Association for Justice, 1996 - 1997
  • Board of Governors, Public Justice, Member, 1995 - 1999
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Secretary, AAJ Endowment, American Association for Justice, 2007
  • Member, Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • President, Roscoe Pound Institute, 2005
  • President, National Crimes Victims Association
  • Board Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2004 - 2007
  • Vice President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1994
  • President, National Crime Victims Bar Association 2011-present
  • Secretary, American Association for Justice, 2000
  • Member, California Women Lawyers, 1982 - Present
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996
  • Chair, State Delegates, American Association for Justice, 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Public Justice, 1982 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982
  • Chair, PAC Task Force, American Association for Justice, 1995 - 1996
  • Member, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 - 1999
  • Member, National Board, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, Board of AAJ Endowment, American Association for Justice, 1998 - Present
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Santa Clara University School of Law

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkley Masters of Public Health, 1976

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro bono: Victims Compensation Fund for 9/11 victims' families. Vice-President of Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono project in history.  Helped 2,500 families for free., 2001

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $2.5 million settlement against Santa Clara Unified School District for sexual abuse of a minor by a teacher., 2018
  • $32 million settlement in Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Litigation against the City of Oakland., 2020
  • A $4 million settlement in a pedestrian accident, Ruszak v. State Farm
  •  $67 million verdict in the San Pablo fire litigation, 2020
  • Evans v Union Oil $21 million verdict benzene exposure in a tire plant causing the deaths of two men who died of blood cancers., 2019
  • 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 $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

Honors/Awards

  • , California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY), Daily Journal, 2021
  • Outstanding lawyers who have made remarkable contributions as leaders, litigators, dealmakers, power brokers, judges and innovators. Each of these lawyers has been part of Lawdragon’s story and it is an honor to recognize them., Inducted into The Lawdragon Hall of Fame, LawDragon 500, 2021
  • Top 100 Attorneys in California, Daily Journal, 2020
  • , Presidential Award of Merit, CAOC, 2020
  • , CAOC's Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, CAOC, 2019
  • Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California -- Daily Journal, 2001 - 2003
  • Top 50 Women Litigators in 2003 and 2004 by the California Daily Journal
  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area's "Top 10 Trial Attorneys" by the San Francisco Chronicle
  • ABOTA Foundation Life Fellow, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • AAJ Minority Caucus Trailblazer Award, 2002
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1993
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2000
  • Edward T. Pollack Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1994 - 1996
  • President Public Justice Award, 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 1986
  • Daily Journal Top 50 Women Litigators, 2003
  • Daily Journal Top 30 Women Litigators, 2002
  • Repeatedly named one of the "100 Most Influential Attorneys in California" by the California Daily Journal
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 1999
  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area's "Top 10 Trial Attorneys", San Francisco Chronicle
  • Top 50 Women Litigators, by the California Daily Journal, 2004
  • AAJ Distinguished Service Award, 2007
  • AAJ Women's Caucus Marie Lambert Award, 1996
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1996
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2002
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1998
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996
  • Special Achievement Award, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2003
  • Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Middlesex County Bar Association Minuteman Award -- Special Guest of Honor, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Themis Capital Corporation, 2001
  • Recognized as one of the Top 30 Women Litigators, 2002
  • Democratic Caucus of California State Assembly Award of Appreciation, 1996
  • ABA Pursuit of Justice Award, 2003
  • Repeatedly Named One of the "100 Most Influential Attorneys in California" by the California Daily Journal
  • AAJ Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus Special Recognition Award, 2006
  • AAJ New Lawyer's Division of AAJ Joe Tonahill Award, 1995
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 1993
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997
  • President's Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Named by San Francisco Chronicle One of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990
  • US Action Leadership Award, 2003
  • Maryland. Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 2002
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Office Location for Mary E. Alexander

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 1303
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-854-4970

Fax: 415-433-5440

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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