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Mary R. Conklin


Los Angeles,California

Mary R. Conklin is an associate in the firm's Los Angeles office and a member of its Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In the course of her career, she has been an advocate for clients in state and federal court litigation, pre-litigation, government investigations, arbitrations, and mediations. Her civil representations have included defending clients against allegations of breach of contract, negligence/gross negligence, healthcare-related regulatory and privacy violations, unfair competition, defamation, and right of publicity violations. She has substantial experience in energy litigation, including the intersection between civil litigation and energy regulations enforced by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Ms. Conklin recently concluded a four week federal jury trial where she was a key member of the trial team that secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of a California public electric utility company defending against breach of contract and negligence/gross negligence allegations seeking nearly $32 million plus punitive damages.

Ms. Conklin was the second chair in an arbitration resulting in the successful defense against a claim for over $30 million in a breach of contract dispute. She also has extensive experience defending clients in federal and state court class actions alleging unfair business practices, privacy violations, and securities fraud allegations. Her enforcement representations have included defending corporations and individuals against allegations of securities and accounting fraud, wire and mail fraud, insider trading, closed-end fund trading, and False Claims Act violations, including Stark violations and off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals. She has conducted internal investigations for risk management and compliance purposes in relation to potential civil and criminal litigation.

Prior Work Experience

  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Associate Attorney
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions


  • State Bar of California
  • Federal Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division)
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trail Lawyers (Young Lawyers Division)


  • "Responding to a Government Subpoena or RFI," The Corporate Counselor (Vol. 26, No. 5) Sept. 2011 (co-author)

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law,Los Angeles,California
    • J.D.
  • University of California,Los Angeles,California
    • B.A., cum laude