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Victoria L. Weatherford is a senior associate in the San Francisco Office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and member of the firm’s Litigation Department. As an experienced first-chair trial attorney she drives cases to successful verdict, and as lead appellate counsel she regularly wins appeals and writs before the California and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. She was selected by the American Bar Association as one of the “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” in 2020.
Victoria is regularly called upon to represent consumer products, technology, and biotechnology companies in high-stakes litigation in state and federal court and arbitral forums, and to represent companies and individuals in state and local government investigations and enforcement actions. She frequently defends companies in class action, unfair competition and false advertising, and antitrust matters, and represents cutting-edge companies in “gig economy,” trade secret, and intellectual property matters.
Victoria previously served for four years as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted statewide consumer protection lawsuits under California’s Unfair Competition Law as a member of the office-wide Affirmative Litigation Task Force and the Code Enforcement Division. Her cases garnered national headlines and resulted in tens of millions of dollars in civil penalties and statewide injunctive relief. For her work, Victoria received numerous Commendations from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Mayor, and the California State Senate and State Assembly, and was awarded the 2017 Most Empowering City Employee of the Year award and the 2018 UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy Alumni of the Year award. Victoria also previously practiced at Durie Tangri LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco.
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Victoria graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Executive Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and worked at the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project on In re Marriage Cases and then challenges to Proposition 8, to legalize gay marriage in California.
After law school, Victoria served as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and to the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received the UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Senior Award.
Victoria serves on the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of California and is the past co-chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Litigation Section. She serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the YWCA Golden Gate – Silicon Valley, the largest provider of domestic violence shelter and support services in the Bay Area. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the San Francisco Opera Guild, which provides opera-based arts education to over 64,000 Northern California schoolchildren annually. She also serves on the advisory board for the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy. Victoria is a Carnegie New Leader at the Carnegie Council, a 2018 U.S.-Spain Council Young Leader, and a 2018-2019 Leadership San Francisco graduate. She is a frequent speaker on state and local government enforcement issues.
Victoria is admitted to practice law in the State of California and before the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Yale University - 2009 Juris Doctor
University of California - Los Angeles - 2006 Bachelor of Arts