People: Giovanna A. Ferrari, Partner

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Giovanna A. Ferrari

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1019
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Ms. Ferrari is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a Co-Chair of the San Francisco Office Litigation Group.  Ms. Ferrari specializes in high-stakes, complex business matters, and frequently acts as lead trial counsel for matters throughout the United States.  She also conducts internal investigations, and represents clients at temporary restraining/injunction proceedings, at mediation, in AAA, JAMS, FINRA, and ASBCA arbitrations, at EEOC proceedings, and in appellate proceedings.  Ms. Ferrari  also represents clients in commercial class actions in both state and federal court. 

Ms. Ferrari specializes in commercial and business counseling and litigation for all industries, with an emphasis on the retail/hospitality, government contractor, and financial services industries.  Ms. Ferrari defends companies against contract disputes, fraud and misrepresentation claims, securities fraud and director and officer liability claims, common law and statutory business tort claims, and California statutory consumer fraud claims.  Ms. Ferrari also has experience defending and prosecuting misappropriation of trade secret claims, construction claims, and real estate disputes.  Ms. Ferrari has litigated employment matters including wage and hour class actions, discrimination and harassment claims, and California Labor Code violation claims.

Ms. Ferrari is an active member of the Firm Trial Team, the Firm Pro Bono Committee, and the New Matter Intake Committee (which oversees Firm and ethical compliance for new matters opened within the United States).  Ms. Ferrari is also on the Lawyer Development Committee and the Associate Coaching Committee which both focus on the growth, development and mentoring of associates.  Ms. Ferrari is the Firm Litigation Co-Lead for the Future Enterprise Taskforce which provides business guidance on disruptive technological innovations (https://www.futureenterprise.com).

Ms. Ferrari is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a Co-Chair of the San Francisco Office Litigation Group.  Ms. Ferrari specializes in high-stakes, complex business matters, and frequently acts as lead trial counsel for matters throughout the United States.  She also conducts internal investigations, and represents clients at temporary restraining/injunction proceedings, at mediation, in AAA, JAMS, FINRA, and ASBCA arbitrations, at EEOC proceedings, and in appellate proceedings.  Ms. Ferrari  also represents clients in commercial class actions in both state and federal court. 

Ms. Ferrari specializes in commercial and business counseling and litigation for all industries, with an emphasis on the retail/hospitality, government contractor, and financial services industries.  Ms. Ferrari defends companies against contract disputes, fraud and misrepresentation claims, securities fraud and director and officer liability claims, common law and statutory business tort claims, and California statutory consumer fraud claims.  Ms. Ferrari also has experience defending and prosecuting misappropriation of trade secret claims, construction claims, and real estate disputes.  Ms. Ferrari has litigated employment matters including wage and hour class actions, discrimination and harassment claims, and California Labor Code violation claims.

Ms. Ferrari is an active member of the Firm Trial Team, the Firm Pro Bono Committee, and the New Matter Intake Committee (which oversees Firm and ethical compliance for new matters opened within the United States).  Ms. Ferrari is also on the Lawyer Development Committee and the Associate Coaching Committee which both focus on the growth, development and mentoring of associates.  Ms. Ferrari is the Firm Litigation Co-Lead for the Future Enterprise Taskforce which provides business guidance on disruptive technological innovations (https://www.futureenterprise.com).

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco, magna cum laude (2003)

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2000)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Courtfor the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals

Affiliations

  • Dress for Success

Presentations

Class Action / Commercial Litigation / Trial

  • Speaker, “Recent Developments In Trial Practice,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting (March 2019)
  • Speaker, “Understanding and Using EBITDA in Legal Practice,” Practicing Law Institute (November 2018)
  • Speaker, “Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund,” predicting rise in state court 1933 Act cases, New York County Lawyers Association Center for Corporate Governance (March 2018)
  • Moderator, “Ethics, Social Media, and Jury Selection,” American Bar Association Webinar (August 2017)
  • Presenter, “Marketing Within the Law,” 2017 Multi-Channel Marketing Summit
  • Presenter, "Anatomy of the Balance Sheet," Practicing Law Institute (July 2016)
  • Presenter, “State of Consumer Class Litigation-Seyfarth’s Class Action Webinar Series” (April 2015)
  • Presenter, “Important Consumer Statutes for Retailers,” 2011 Multi-Channel Marketing Summit

Trade Secret Misappropriation

  • Presenter, “Measuring Economic Damages When Trade Secrets Are Misappropriated,” AICPA Conference (November 2013)

Publications

Class Action / Commercial Litigation / Trial

  • Co-Author, "District Court Judge Rejects M&A Mootness Fee Settlement As A “Racket” That “Must End”," One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 1, 2019)
  • Practice Note Writer, “Settling Class Actions: Process and Procedure,” Practical Law
  • Chapter Writer, “American Bar Association Practice Guide: Trial Techniques For The Labor And Employment Law Practitioner” (2018)
  • Seyfarth Class Action Blog Contributor, “Individualized Inquiries Predominate in Call Recording Cases: California Court of Appeal Affirms Denial of Class Certification in Call Recording/Privacy Case Because Individual Issues Predominate Regarding Each Putative Class Members’ Expectation of Confidentiality” (February 2014)
  • Seyfarth Class Action Blog Contributor, “Eighth Circuit Rules that Class Action Fairness Act Removal Requires Only “Plausible” Evidence of Amount in Controversy” (July 2013)
  • Writer, “Consumer Statutes Retailers Need to Know,” Retail White Paper (2010, 2011)

 

Externships

  • Justice Joyce Kennard (California Supreme Court)
  • Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong (United States District Court, Northern District California)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission