Laura Lively


Associate, Morrison Foerster


Laura Lively is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison Foerster’s Los Angeles office.

Laura represents clients in high-stakes litigation across a broad range of civil and criminal matters in both federal and state court, including on appeal. Laura has significant trial experience including preparing witnesses for examination, conducting witness examination, and preparing opening and closing statements. She has briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts across the country, as well as authored dispositive and pre-trial motions and other briefs in trial courts. Laura has presented oral argument in the Ninth Circuit.

Laura also manages internal and governmental investigations of entities and individuals. Prior to joining the firm, she was a managing associate on an all-women team led by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, that conducted a year-long independent investigation into abuse and misconduct in women’s professional soccer.

Laura clerked for Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the Ninth Circuit. While in law school, Laura successfully briefed and argued a case in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a client who was denied necessary medical care while in prison. She worked as Research Assistant to Dean & Distinguished Professor of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, for two years and she was President of the Student Bar Association, a Style Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review, and Co-Chair of the Women’s Law Society.  At graduation, Laura received Pro Bono Honors in recognition of her advocacy work for veterans, victims of domestic violence, and children with disabilities.

Laura maintains a robust pro bono practice and serves on the Board of the California Women’s Law Center.

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