Maria Buxton represents clients in all facets of civil litigation. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Ms. Buxton served as a senior law clerk to Chief Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Ms. Buxton formerly worked as an associate with an Am Law 25 firm in San Francisco where she was part of a federal trade secrets trial team.
Ms. Buxton earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. with highest honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. During law school she served as an extern for the National Center for Youth Law's child welfare team and as a law clerk for the Impact Fund.
We represented former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in a wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit following her termination by the City of Oakland. For nearly three years, Chief Kirkpatrick raised a series of alarms about misconduct by the Oakland Police Commission. Following a two-week trial, a San Francisco federal jury found that Chief Kirkpatrick was wrongfully terminated for blowing the whistle on the Police Commission’s misconduct.
We defended Gerard Williams, a celebrated chip designer, in a case brought by Apple claiming that he breached contractual agreements and misappropriated trade secrets when he founded Nuvia, Inc., a leading-edge microchip company ultimately acquired by Qualcomm. The case was successfully resolved before trial.
Working pro bono in a long-pending case, we obtained asylum for a Guatemalan refugee who escaped domestic violence by fleeing to the United States. Our client is now able to safely remain in the U.S. with her two young children.
On behalf of Instacart, we have successfully defended against numerous class and collective actions across the country alleging that that shoppers who use Instacart’s technology platform should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. We have won a number of early dispositive motions in these cases, including motions to compel individual arbitration and to enforce class and collective action bars.
Representing Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd., Keker, Van Nest & Peters lawyers secured the dismissal of a copyright lawsuit filed by Riot Games, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Read more
The whistleblower retaliation trial of former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick concluded Thursday with a swift verdict finding the city fired her for reporting misconduct.