Nalani focuses her practice on product liability matters of all types, including warranty, product injury, product defect and marketing class actions, and appeals. She also manages defense efforts in parallel class action opt out cases. Nalani specializes in developing and advancing creative arguments to limit class action and opt out litigation exposure. For example, she crafted and argued a novel motion to limit class action tolling in parallel class action opt out cases. She has also pioneered arguments to allow automakers to enforce arbitration clauses contained in California automotive sales contracts.
After graduating from law school, she served as a legal research attorney for the law and motion department of the San Francisco County Superior Court, where she wrote bench memoranda, drafted tentative rulings and bench orders and assisted with ex parte applications. During law school, Nalani was co-president of Hastings Homeless Legal Services, which provided direct legal services at San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter. In 2015, the Justice & Diversity Center of the San Francisco Bar Association honored her as “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” for her work. She continues to have a deep commitment to pro bono work.
Moderator, A View From the Bench: Trial Tips and Best Practices in Complex Automotive Litigation, American Bar Association Motor Vehicle Product Liability Conference, April 19 2023.