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Sarah Ray, Deputy Managing Partner of the Bay Area Offices and immediate past Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Bay Area Litigation & Trial Department, helps clients navigate complex commercial and antitrust litigation matters. Drawing on successful experience at all stages of litigation, she guides clients from the inception and investigation of a dispute working to identify and develop a strategy to win at the earliest possible stage of litigation, or if necessary, at trial. She has developed particular experience in class action litigation and claims of unfair competition, recently winning three Top Defense Verdicts in four years.
Ms. Ray has significant experience as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts defending corporations against antitrust and unfair competition allegations as well as handling issues at the intersection of competition and complex commercial litigation.
Specifically, she navigates cases related to monopolization and attempted monopolization, price-fixing, tying, refusal to deal, fraud, theft of trade secrets, patent misuse, and unfair competition. She has a particular ability to distill complex issues and develop a compelling narrative for presentation at trial.
Ms. Ray is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the board of the Giffords Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence. Ms. Ray clerked for Judge Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California and Judge Samuel Conti, Senior District Judge of the Northern District of California.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ray worked in film production and story development in the entertainment industry at Creative Artists Agency, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros.
As a current member of the firm’s Diversity Leadership Committee and Co-Chair of Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee from 2014 to March 2019, she was instrumental in developing a local and global committee structure and in creating global programming to promote women through trailblazing initiatives focused on women’s professional development, mentoring, and networking.