Laurel M. Champion

Associate
Location:
San Jose, California
Phone:
408-261-4252
Fax:
408-261-4292
Email:

Laurel joined RHRC as an associate attorney in 2011, bringing with her extensive knowledge of litigation procedure and consumer protection matters. A Stanford and Santa Clara Law graduate, Laurel spent several years prior to law school working at a prominent plaintiff’s class action firm, focusing on nationwide class actions in the areas of toxic tort, Ponzi-schemes, predatory lending, litigation under the False Claims Act, wage and hour actions, Consumer Legal Remedies Act cases, and large-scale business and financial fraud cases. Laurel’s significant litigation experience provides her with a keen sense of strategy and aggressive focus in pushing cases to resolution.

During law school, Laurel clerked for the Honorable William Monahan, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, and excelled in honors moot court competitions, winning several awards for her excellence as an oral advocate.

While at Stanford, Laurel was a nationally ranked water polo player and team captain and made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, two in the championship game. Recognized by the University for her excellence in class leadership and achievements while at Stanford, Laurel was inducted into the Cardinal Class Core at the completion of her Stanford tenure and was named a 2006 Stanford Scholar Athlete upon graduation as well

Laurel’s practice focuses on business torts and real estate litigation. Her experience at RHRC includes representing commercial developers, residential and commercial landowners, businesses, buyers and sellers, brokers and agents, and parties to complex lease transactions. Laurel regularly speaks in-house at real estate brokerage firms on current legal issues.

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

Bar Admissions

  • California (2011)
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California (2011)

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. with Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
    • Honors: Top two finalist, Honors Moot Court Competition; Recipient, Gerald Marer Advocacy Prize, Honors Moot Court; Best Oral Argument, Appellate Advocacy course; CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Highest Grade in Consumer Protection Law course
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    • B.A. Human Biology
    • Honors: 2006 Stanford Scholar Athlete; inducted member of Cardinal Class Core for excellence in class leadership and achievement.

Past Employment Positions

  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, San Jose, CA
    • Judicial Extern, 08/10 – 05/11
  • Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, Burlingame, CA
    • Summer Associate, 05/10 – 08/10, 05/09 – 08/09
    • Litigation Paralegal, 07/06 – 07/08
  • Stanford University Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Stanford, CA
    • Research Associate, 05/05 – 06/06

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Women Lawyers, Member
  • Stanford University Athletics Buck Cardinal Club
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Barristers, Member and former Executive Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Civil Practice, Member and former Executive Committee Member

NOTABLE LITIGATION

Client v. Trustees of Lee Family Trust
Won specific performance action over the $4.5 million dollar purchase of a mixed-use commercial building in San Francisco after sellers breached sales contract. Succeeded in obtaining order requiring sellers to pay all of our client's attorneys' fees incurred in the action.

Jackson et al. v. Client
Defended owners of a $10 million dollar piece of property in Monte Sereno from right of way, easement, and encroachment claims made by an adjoining landowner. Pushed the matter to trial and secured a favorable settlement the day trial was set to commence.

Client v. Pacific Gas & Electric (In re PG&E San Bruno Fire Cases Coordinated Proceeding)
Represented a family affected by the September 2010 San Bruno PG&E gas line explosion that killed eight people and injured dozens more. Achieved a favorable settlement for our clients’ claims for nuisance, diminution in property value/inverse condemnation, trespass, and negligent infliction of emotional distress in conjunction with settlement efforts by Plaintiffs’ liaison counsel.

Campbell et al. v. Ardwood et al.
Represented members of the Patterson family who owned approximately 400 acres of property in Fremont, California, from third party claim of an alleged purchase option agreement that operated as a cloud on title and threatened to impede the intended sale of the property. Achieved a favorable settlement in time for clear title to issue to the eventual purchaser.