Sandy Gonzalez

Associate

Biography

Sandy Gonzalez is a civil litigation attorney working on matters involving complex litigation and consumer class actions.

Prior to joining MWA in 2020, Sandy worked as a defense attorney in the areas of medical malpractice, elder and dependent adult abuse, and complex litigation, including mass torts. She also worked as a scientific researcher at several prestigious academic institutions and conducted her own graduate study in psychology and law.

During law school, Sandy worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Otis D. Wright II at the US District Court for the Central District of California. After her first year, she advocated for start-up clients by helping them navigate complex patent landscapes and obtain rights to their cutting-edge inventions. She also worked at the San Francisco City Attorney’s office and mediated small claims disputes at the San Francisco Superior Court and Human Rights Commission.

Sandy is dedicated to pro bono work. She was recognized by the UC Hastings Pro Bono Legal Society for her work as a Hastings to Haiti delegate in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she conducted fact-finding in partnership with Haitian law schools to advance gender rights and support the rule of law in Haiti.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
  • M.A., with distinction, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • B.S., Bio-Psychology; BA, Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Professional Associations

  • California State Bar
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • The William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court

Speaking Engagements

  • “Fact or Fiction: Adults’ Ability to Judge Children’s Memory Reports About Secrets,” Paper presented at the national American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2016
  • “The Effects of Support Person Use on Mock Jurors’ Perceptions of Children’s Testimony,” Paper co-presented at the American Psychological Association Annual convention, Washington, DC, 2014

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