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Michelle Ybarra is a fierce advocate for all her clients, whether they be start-ups, multinational corporations, or individuals. She focuses her practice on trade secret, intellectual property, class action, and legal malpractice disputes spanning the sharing economy, cybersecurity, medical device, and biotechnology industries, among others. An experienced litigator, Ms. Ybarra has delivered her clients decisive victories in state and federal court, as well as arbitration.  

She has also effected sweeping changes through her pro bono work, including successfully challenging California’s Proposition 8 on behalf of individual married plaintiffs, and representing a San Quentin death row inmate in a successful Administrative Procedures Act challenge to California’s lethal injection protocol, which stayed executions in California.

Michelle Ybarra is a fierce advocate for all her clients, whether they be start-ups, multinational corporations, or individuals. She focuses her practice on trade secret, intellectual property, class action, and legal malpractice disputes spanning the sharing economy, cybersecurity, medical device, and biotechnology industries, among others. An experienced litigator, Ms. Ybarra has delivered her clients decisive victories in state and federal court, as well as arbitration.  

She has also effected sweeping changes through her pro bono work, including successfully challenging California’s Proposition 8 on behalf of individual married plaintiffs, and representing a San Quentin death row inmate in a successful Administrative Procedures Act challenge to California’s lethal injection protocol, which stayed executions in California.

Facebook Says Advertisers Can’t Sue Over False Metrics

June 19, 2017

Facebook Inc. asked a California federal judge on Monday to toss a putative class action alleging the company misled advertisers with false consumer viewing metrics. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins California's Top Defense Verdict for LinkedIn

02/16/2016

Bob Van Nest, David Silbert, Dan Jackson, and Michelle Ybarra used a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision to prove that patents in lawsuits against Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. were invalid based on subject matter ineligibility. Read more

Lyft Settles $12.25 Million California Driver Lawsuit Over Employment Status

01/27/2016

Rachael Meny, Jamie Slaughter and their team removed a major threat to Lyft's business model when they settled a proposed class action lawsuit without classifying drivers as employees. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Elevates Reid Mullen and Michelle Ybarra to Partner

01/06/2016

Both attorneys have played key roles in several of the firm’s recent noteworthy matters. Read more

Invoking 'Alice,' Lawyers for LinkedIn, Facebook Knock Out Database Patent

01/06/2015

David Silbert and his team score a win for LinkedIn. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique

10/15/2014

One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more

Mobile/Social Gaming Clones: Evolution Or Theft?

04/24/2013

Ben Hur and Michelle Ybarra will cover what constitutes “cloning,” and how courts and current IP laws address this hot topic. Read more