Nancy Stagg skillfully and efficiently solves her clients’ litigation problems – especially the toughest ones that keep them up at night. While remarkably successful in trial and appellate courts when it’s needed, Ms. Stagg’s greatest strength is in quickly sizing up the case at hand and developing an effective strategy to marshal the law and the evidence to her clients’ best advantage. Her genuine caring about her clients’ businesses, as well as her competitive nature, ensure clients get her best efforts – always. In addition to her substantial trial, arbitration and appellate experience, Ms. Stagg enjoys counseling corporate legal departments and business owners in the most effective ways to avoid potential litigation.

Ms. Stagg’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of consumer class actions and she heads the Class Actions team in California. She also handles a wide variety of complex commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation, including trade secret theft litigation. Her clients come from all over the world and range from privately-held family-owned businesses to some of the world’s largest publicly-traded companies.

Ms. Stagg is consistently recognized by her peers and clients for her skill, tenacity and insight. Ms. Stagg is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Labor & Employment Litigation for 2018 and each of the ten years immediately preceding. She was recognized as a San Diego “Super Lawyer” for Business Litigation for 2017 and each of the ten years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine and in 2009, Ms. Stagg was recognized as a “Top 25 Female San Diego Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine. She was named “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Ms. Stagg was recommended by Legal 500 US in the areas of Media, Technology and Telecoms – Data and Privacy and in 2007, she was recommended by Legal 500 US IP and Legal 500 US Litigation in the area of Trade Secrets Advice and Litigation. She was named as one of San Diego's "Top Ten" attorneys in 2006 by The Daily Transcript.

Ms. Stagg also gives back to the community. She was a finalist for the Mentor of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, an honoree of the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business, an honoree of the San Diego YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry, and a two-time recipient of the Manuel Wiley Pro Bono Award for the State Bar of California in 1997 and 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Stagg was a partner and litigation department office chair in the San Diego, California office of an international law firm. Ms. Stagg was also a principal in the San Diego, California office of an international intellectual property law firm where she was chair of its diversity initiative.

Professional & Community Activities

Southern District of California, Lawyer Representative Committee, Co-Chair

Southern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative

American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, Master, Director, and President

San Diego County Bar Foundation, Director, Governance Sub-Committee, Member

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Merit Selection, Member

Appointment and Reappointment of Magistrate Judges, Panel Member

San Diego County Bar Association, Leadership Outreach Council, Member

Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter, Board of Governors, Member

California Western School of Law, Board of Trustees, Member (1992-1993)

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

IP Institute, Founding Charter Member

Education

  • California Western School of Law, J.D. (1991)
    cum laude
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., Government (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • California (1991)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — Honorable David R. Thompson

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Brainstorming solutions to my clients’ problems, whether it’s at 3 a.m., 9 a.m. or 10 p.m.

Suite 400, 12730 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA, 92130
USA
t +1 858.350.6156
f +1 858.408.3931
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA, 94111
USA

Nancy L. Stagg

Experience Highlights

Defended scientist accused of breach of fiduciary duty
Defended scientist/officer/inventor accused by bankruptcy trustee for former employer of breaching his fiduciary duty in connection with new startup more
Obtained judgment of dismissal for government sponsored financial services enterprise in consumer class action
Obtained judgment of dismissal (after severing case from multi-district litigation proceeding) for government sponsored financial services enterprise more
Defended Mental Health Parity Act class action
Represented a large California health plan in defending alleged class action violations of the Mental Health Parity Act, alleged unfair business more
Defended semiconductor manufacturer in employment discrimination matter
Represented semiconductor manufacturer in connection with declaratory action regarding employee non-compete agreement. Obtained stay of action and more