General Litigation/Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Matters
Orange County, CA
Marisa graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University in 1999, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, where she graduated in the top third of her class. While at the University of Michigan Law School, she was a participant in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court competition, and a member of the Entertainment Law Student Association.
Marisa began her career as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where she focused on complex business litigation, including shareholder derivative actions, reinsurance disputes and bankruptcy. Marisa was also an associate in the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner LLP focusing on intellectual property matters, health law, and complex business litigation. During her time at Foley, Marisa drafted and argued dispostive motions, negotiated multiple settlements, took and defended depositions, and worked as the lead associate on multiple complex cases.
Prior to joining Montage Legal Group, Marisa was an associate with Payne & Fears in Irvine, California, where she focused on business litigation matters with a particular focus on unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation. At Payne & Fears, Marisa represented a broad spectrum of clients, including, financial institutions, international companies, and small business owners in a wide range of commercial matters, including breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secret, ERISA and intellectual property actions. Marisa prepared and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, took and defended over 30 depositions, conducted complex discovery, prepared for trials, and was the lead associate on several matters while at Payne & Fears.
In additional to her legal career, Marisa is a member of the Junior League of Orange County and Women Helping Women. Marisa is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association. Marisa is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.