Hannah Makinde is a litigation associate who practices in federal and state courts. Her practice includes general corporate litigation, toxic tort, contractual disputes and various matters for automotive clients.

    Hannah manages cases at all stages of litigation, with particular experience in preparing pleadings, motions and discovery, as well as representing clients in both offensive and defensive depositions.

    Prior to joining the firm, Hannah practiced civil litigation as an in-house attorney for a natural gas provider. In previous years, she clerked for the Honorable Roger T. Benitez in the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

    While attending the Howard University School of Law, Hannah served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Natalia M. Combs Greene in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and held legal internships at a Shanghai-based international law firm, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, the US Department of Transportation and the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

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    • Defending a US OEM in consumer breach of warranty actions.
    • Defending a large transportation company in premises liability and personal injury automobile litigation.
    • Obtaining favorable judgments for an international watch manufacturer in breach of contract litigation.
    • Resolving, amicably, an action for fraudulent transfer, breach of fiduciary duty and civil theft on behalf of a California investment company.
    • Representing the US subsidiary of a Japanese corporation to recover funds in breach of fiduciary duty and civil theft litigation.
    • Defending the Chief Deputy City Attorney of Los Angeles in a putative federal class action alleging collusion between the City Attorney’s Office and plaintiffs’ lawyers in an earlier lawsuit against the City’s Department of Water and Power so as to deprive ratepayers of full recompense for overcharges, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the civil RICO statute.
    • Representing a major chemical manufacturer in toxic tort litigation.
    • Preparing strategies for case handling, drafting and arguing motions, preparation of case-specific discovery, deposing witnesses and plaintiffs, and working with clients, engineers and scientists to develop the corporate story of the case.

    Education

    • Howard University School of Law, J.D., senior articles editor, Howard Law Journal
    • University of California, Irvine, B.A.

    Admissions

    • California
    • New York
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