Shoshana E. Bannett joined Bird Marella in 2015. She has a broad range of litigation and trial experience, having represented clients in contract, legal malpractice, white collar criminal defense, securities, False Claims Act, employment, internal investigations, immigration, and other matters in state and federal court, as well as arbitration proceedings before AAA and JAMS.
In her recent success, she obtained a complete dismissal of an employment complaint on statute of limitations grounds for a leading provider of tax credits consulting services.
Prior to Bird Marella, Ms. Bannett practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Emilio M. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as well as the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.
Education & Admissions
- New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, NYU Law Review, 2003
- Rutgers College, B.A., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999
- California, 2006
Prevailed in highly-publicized trial against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid regarding the hillside mansion in Bel Air he illegally constructed. Obtained orders to fully demolish the home (after first securing partial demolition), won a multimillion-dollar award in damages at trial, and defeated Hadid’s specious counterclaim.
Obtained preliminary injunction in a pro bono class action lawsuit against federal prison over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Successfully convinced the court to require prison officials to consider all medically vulnerable, non-violent prisoners and those over the age of 50 for home confinement.
Achieved complete defense decision on behalf of the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer in a long-running, high-profile qui tam trial involving nine-figure damages relating to non-compliant PVC pipe. Successfully convinced the court to reduce claimed damages from $58 million to $2 million before the jury was ultimately unable to agree that any damages were owed, leading to a mistrial.
Trial counsel for Cyntron Payroll Solutions, a leading provider of payroll software solutions, in a two-week jury trial involving eight-figure damages claims for breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress brought by the company’s former president. Obtained a complete defense verdict.
Awards & Recognition
- Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2021
- Quoted, “A Judge Ordered the Hadid Mansion in Bel-Air Torn Down. But Now There’s a Legal Logjam,” Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2019
- Co-Author, “FCA Claims After Escobar,” Daily Journal, January 28, 2019
News & Insights
Bird Marella Clients Awarded More Than $3 Million in Fees in Mohamed Hadid Bel Air Mansion Saga
As the final chapter in Bird Marella’s successful representation of residents in a lawsuit against celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid, the Los Angeles Superior Court recently awarded the firm’s …
Tuesday, March 7, 2023Go to the post
Top Verdict: Bird Marella’s Highly Publicized Bel Air Trial Victory Featured in Daily Journal
Bird Marella is featured in the Daily Journal’s 2022 Winning Verdicts and Settlements list for its hard-fought litigation win in John C. Bedrosian, et al. v. Mohamed Hadid, …
Friday, February 11, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella Secures Multimillion-Dollar Verdict Against Embattled Developer Mohamed Hadid
Bird Marella prevailed in the highly-publicized trial against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid regarding the hillside mansion in Bel Air he illegally constructed. After years of hard-fought litigation, Bird Marella …
Tuesday, September 7, 2021Go to the post
ACLU of Southern California Honors Bird Marella with 2021 Humanitarian Award
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has awarded Bird Marella with the 2021 Humanitarian Award, in recognition of its pro bono partnership on two COVID-19 class action lawsuits …
Friday, April 9, 2021Go to the post
Bird Marella Wins Appeal On Order Requiring Demolition of Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air Mansion
Bird Marella attorneys Gary Lincenberg, Ariel Neuman, Shoshana Bannett, and Jimmy Threatt obtained a victory in the California Court of Appeal, which clears the way for demolition of real estate developer …
Thursday, March 4, 2021Go to the post
Benjamin Gluck and Shoshana Bannett Obtain Vacation of Multimillion-Dollar Arbitration Award
Principal Benjamin Gluck and counsel Shoshana Bannett successfully secured an order vacating a $20 million arbitration award on behalf of their client, a merchant services provider, in Los Angeles …
Tuesday, November 24, 2020Go to the post