Ms. Jura is a partner in Gibson Dunn's Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on complex trial and appellate litigation. She co-chairs the firm's Transnational Litigation Group and the firm's Aerospace and Related Technologies Group. She has played a key role in a number of the firm's most high-profile transnational, environmental and technology-driven matters. Ms. Jura has extensive experience working with the food and beverage, agricultural, automotive, emerging technology and energy industries. In 2017, Benchmark Litigation named Perlette to it's list of Top 250 Women in Litigation and in 2018 they named her a California "Litigation Star". The Daily Journal named her to its 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list, which highlights leading California-based attorneys under the age of 40. She was also named to the Daily Journal's "Top 2017 Women Lawyers" list. In 2017, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Perlette to its list of "Most Influential Women Lawyers" in Los Angeles, featuring 50 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the region, and in 2016, they named her to its "Leaders in Law" list which recognizes leading attorneys within the Los Angeles business community. In 2016, Ms. Jura was named by Legal 500 as one of the six leading transnational litigation lawyers in the country.
Complex and Transnational Litigation: As a co-chair of the firm's Transnational Litigation Group, Ms. Jura has extensive experience litigating and counseling on multidistrict and cross-border matters, including several mass and class action suits. Ms. Jura has played a critical role as a master strategist and team leader in several high-profile U.S. matters and transnational trials and appeals and is regularly relied upon by clients to help them develop comprehensive global strategies. She has advised on matters implicating the competing laws of multiple U.S. jurisdictions and the laws of more than 50 countries around the world. She also regularly advises on supply chain liability risks, corporate separateness and cross-border compliance issues.
Emerging Technology and the Sharing Economy: With a deep understanding of the global legal framework governing the developing body of law regulating data privacy, technological developments and the sharing economy, Ms. Jura also has substantial experience with matters involving cutting edge technological issues. She co-chairs the firm's Aerospace and Related Technologies group and has worked on a wide range of technology-driven litigation for companies such as Intel, Yahoo, Infor and Facebook, among others.
Environmental and Mass Tort Litigation: Much of Ms. Jura's cross-border work has involved representing technology companies and other industry clients in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border toxic tort disputes, including clients involved in manufacturing, food and beverage, agriculture and energy.
Some of Ms. Jura's most recent non-confidential matters include:
- You v. Japan: Defending vehicle manufacturers in California against alien tort and RICO claims brought on behalf of a purported class of Korean citizens.
- Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. v. Yahoo! Inc.: Defeating a $2.7 billion cross-border RICO suit filed in New York arising out of alleged activity in Mexico.
- Manspeaker v. Intel: Defeating a series of lawsuits filed in Delaware and Arizona that involved complex choice of law and toxic tort issues.
- Hupan v. Alliance One and related cases: Securing dismissal of over 400 toxic tort claims brought on behalf of foreign farmers.
- Chevron Corp. v. Donziger: Global litigation against a fraudulent multibillion dollar Ecuadorian judgment arising from alleged environmental pollution in Ecuador.
- Tellez v. Dole Food Co.: Securing dismissal with prejudice of U.S.-filed toxic tort claims alleging that DBCP caused reproductive harm.
- NML Capital, Ltd. v. Republic of Argentina: enforcing unpaid debts against the Republic of Argentina.
- Osorio v. Dole Food Co.: Blocking recognition and enforcement of $97 million toxic tort judgment awarded by Nicaraguan court without due process or evidence of causation.
Recent Publications and Presentations
- One Small Step or One Giant Leap? FAA Releases Final Rules on Commercial Drone Use in the United States (contributing author) (Client Alert, June 27, 2016)
- Courts Make Doing Good Abroad Bad for Business At Home (Law360, January 14, 2016)
- International Aspects of U.S. Litigation: Practitioner's Deskbook (contributing author) (ABA, 2016) (forthcoming).
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2015 in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Getting the Deal Through, September, 2015) (contributing author).
- Enforcing Arbitration Awards in California (contributing author) (Practical Law, 2015).
- Disparate Treatment of the Corporate Citizen: Stark Differences Across Borders in Transnational Lawsuits (Business Law International, May 2014).
- Economic Rising Stars in Latin America (Pacific Council on International Policy, 2014 Spring Conference).
- Semiconductor Birth Defect Cases Keep Unraveling In Delaware (Law360, March 12, 2014).
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2014 in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Getting the Deal Through, Sept. 2013) (contributing author).
- The Outer Limits of Expert Testimony Gatekeeping (Law360, March 13, 2013).
- Successful Global Strategies for Litigating Cross-Border Disputes in the United States (ABA, 2012).
- Legal Globetrotting II: Recognizing & Enforcing Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards (ABA, Miami 2012) (presentation for the American Bar Association, Section of International Law).
- Enforcing Workers' Compensation in Toxic Tort Birth Defects Cases (American College of Environmental Lawyers, Jan. 2012).
- Confronting the New Breed of Transnational Litigation: Abusive Foreign Judgments (U.S. Chamber of Commerce (PLI), 2011).
- Unconstitutional Judgments for Import: Constitutional Limitations on Recognition and Enforcement of Abusive Foreign Judgments (Pepperdine Law Review, 2011).
- Legal Globetrotting: Recognizing & Enforcing Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards (ABA, Dublin 2011) (presented for the American Bar Association, Section of International Law).
- Forum Non Conveniens and Foreign-Judgment Recognition: Different Sides of Different Coins (Defense Research Institute, 2011).
- Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments: Litigating Recognition and Enforcement Actions in the United States and Developing a Successful Global Strategy (ABA, 2011).
- A New Transnational Battleground (presented for the Los Angeles County Bar Association in Los Angeles, October 2010).
Community Involvement. Ms. Jura is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, which is dedicated to addressing the world's transforming global community and giving the West Coast a more effective voice in global development. Ms. Jura has also served on the Board of Directors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and she is a member of the Women of Stanford Law and a member of the Diversity Law Institute.
Ms. Jura plays an active role in the firm's local and nationwide diversity and recruiting efforts. She is a member of Gibson Dunn's Hiring Committee and the Diversity Committee, and serves as co-chair of the Los Angeles area Hiring Committee.
Ms. Jura also dedicates substantial time to pro bono matters. In 2012, she received the firm's annual award for successfully litigating the firm's Most Challenging Pro Bono Matter, in connection with her work on Norwood v. Bourland, a complex civil rights appeal. In 2014, she served as a Military Commission Observer for the 9/11 proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2015, Ms. Jura partnered with Lawyers Without Borders to help with a two-year project to train lawyers and magistrates in Kenya to help combat wildlife poaching.
Education & Background. Before joining the firm, Ms. Jura served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Jura graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School. She was an Executive Editor of Stanford Law Review and received the Board of Editors Award. Ms. Jura was also the Student Director of the Stanford Community Law Clinic, and a graduate advisor and teacher. During her time at Stanford, she was awarded the Public Interest and Pro Bono Service Award and a Stanford Law School Fellowship. Ms. Jura graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was the Commencement Speaker at the Fine Arts & Humanities ceremony.