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Michelle Ybarra is a fierce advocate for all her clients, whether they be start-ups, multinational corporations, or individuals. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, class action, and legal malpractice disputes spanning the sharing economy, cybersecurity, and gaming industries, among others. An experienced litigator, Michelle has delivered her clients decisive victories in state and federal courts around the country, and has tried multiple cases.  

She has also effected sweeping changes through her pro bono work, including 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.

Outside of the courtroom, Michelle writes and speaks on cutting edge issues—most recently trade secret and employee mobility, as well as evolving jurisprudence regarding the enforceability of online consumer contracts. She serves on the Board of California ChangeLawyers and chairs the organization’s Nominations Committee.   

Michelle Ybarra is a fierce advocate for all her clients, whether they be start-ups, multinational corporations, or individuals. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, class action, and legal malpractice disputes spanning the sharing economy, cybersecurity, and gaming industries, among others. An experienced litigator, Michelle has delivered her clients decisive victories in state and federal courts around the country, and has tried multiple cases.  

She has also effected sweeping changes through her pro bono work, including 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.

Outside of the courtroom, Michelle writes and speaks on cutting edge issues—most recently trade secret and employee mobility, as well as evolving jurisprudence regarding the enforceability of online consumer contracts. She serves on the Board of California ChangeLawyers and chairs the organization’s Nominations Committee.   

Michelle Ybarra and Erin Meyer Named Among California's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

August 14, 2019

Michelle Ybarra and Erin Meyer were named among California's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Daily Journal for their litigation victories. Read more

Court Grants Statewide Preliminary Injunction Challenging Trump's Changes to Title X

April 26, 2019

On April 26 District Court Judge Edward Chen granted a statewide preliminary injunction in Essential Access Health v. Azar, et al., a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s sweeping changes to the federal Title X family planning program. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Files Preliminary Injunction Motion to Block the Trump Administration’s New Title X Family Planning Program Rules

March 22, 2019

Representing Essential Access Health and Dr. Melissa Marshall, Keker, Van Nest & Peters filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing sweeping changes to the Title X Family Planning Program. Read more

The Recorder Names Michelle Ybarra Among its Next Generation Women Leaders in Tech Law

November 12, 2018

Women Leaders in Tech Law through their work in courtrooms, boardrooms and classrooms, are helping the law and the legal profession address novel issues raised by technological advances. Read more

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