Anjali Srinivasan represents clients in all facets of commercial litigation. She formerly served as an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's office where she investigated and prosecuted police misconduct cases, reviewed wrongful conviction cases, and prosecuted three jury trials. Prior to joining the firm, she completed clerkships for Hon. Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District of California, and Hon. Barrington D. Parker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
We represent technology company Lyft, which connects individuals in need of a ride to drivers willing to transport them. This putative class action addresses an issue critical to the new economy: whether Lyft drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In summer 2016, the parties entered into a proposed settlement that does not require the re-classification of Lyft drivers as employees. The court approved the settlement in early 2017.
We defeated a putative class action filed against a leading on-demand technology company, Instacart, which connects customers with personal shoppers for grocery shopping and home delivery. The class action addressed an issue critical to the new “sharing economy:” whether personal shoppers who use Instacart’s technology platform were properly considered independent contractors rather than employees. The court issued its order dismissing the class action claims in November 2015.
We defended the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, from a consumer class action lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged our client deceived customers who bought tenant insurance policies. The plaintiff claimed Public Storage sold tenant insurance to him and other storage consumers without properly disclosing that the company retains a “substantial portion” of the premiums. The suit claimed that the insurance program offered by Public Storage was “a hidden profit center for itself that kicks back unconscionable profits at the expense of consumers.” The suit, filed in Miami federal court, sought restitution for all of the insurance premiums paid to Public Storage by its customers over the past four years. Within three months of being retained, and just seven months before trial, we prevailed on a Summary Judgment Motion which dismissed the class’ RICO claim. The matter settled favorably two days before trial.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Travis Hall, a Black 23-year-old San Francisco graphic designer and a recent Fordham University graduate, who was unlawfully detained, beaten and arrested by SFPD officers. Read more
Ajay Krishnan and his team have partnered with the ACLU on behalf of young black man who was beaten by San Francisco police. Read more