Mayela represents product manufacturers in litigation in both state and federal courts. She drafts motions and pleadings, assists in all stages of discovery, prepares witnesses for depositions and trials, provides trial support and collaborates in devising case strategy.
Mayela joined Shook after completing a federal clerkship with The Hon. Edward J. Davila of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In that capacity, she was assigned to a broad range of civil cases, including consumer and product liability class actions, securities fraud actions, antitrust matters, employment discrimination and civil rights cases. She drafted more than 70 judicial opinions on civil law and motion matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and motions for preliminary and final approval of class action settlements. Through her clerkship and an externship during law school, Mayela has gained considerable insight into the inner workings of the judicial process.
Mayela has also worked in the world of government and public policy. Before turning to the legal profession, she obtained a Master of Public Policy degree, interned for the Office of the California Lieutenant Governor, and worked for a state assembly member who represented central Orange County in the California State Legislature. In addition, Mayela worked at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe and served as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office—Civil Division. Mayela’s governmental experience has provided her with the ability to evaluate public policy issues arising from legal actions, a skill she uses to assess a case from all sides.
Mayela is actively involved in pro bono matters. She successfully represented a monolingual Spanish speaker in his federal court appeal for the denial of Social Security disability benefits. She also represents California prisoners in civil rights actions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Publications and Presentations
Calif. Survival Damages Bill Would Cost Cos., Consumers, Law360, June 7, 2021 (with Mark Behrens).
Defense Strategies for Opposing Plaintiffs' Use of Collateral Estoppel in Mass Tort Liability Actions, DRI Rx for the Defense, January 2019 (with Christopher J. Kaufman).
Autonomous Vehicles, Update of the Law CLE, June 14, 2018 (with Grant Law, Cary Silverman, Dustin A. Lane and Todd A. Croftchik).
"Look Ma, No Hands!" The Road Ahead for Autonomous and Connected Technologies, Update of the Law CLE, June 22, 2017 (with Cory Fisher, Siena Caruso and Grant Law).
Understanding New York Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies, Privacy and Data Security Alert, May 22, 2017.
Why Every Company Should Understand the New York Cyber Security Requirements for Financial Services Companies, Financier Worldwide, April 2017.
New Privacy Training Requirement For Contractors of the Federal Government, Privacy and Data Security Alert, March 15, 2017.