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

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, NYU Law Review, 2003
  • Rutgers College, B.A., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Honors & Awards

  • Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2021

Representative Cases

  • 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.

Recent News & Events

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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 against the administrators at Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons. Filed on behalf of several prisoners, the lawsuits detailed how insufficient measures ...

  • 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 Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air mansion. On March 4, 2021, the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order appointing a receiver and ordering the demolition of the ...

  • 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 Superior Court. Following the arbitration decision, and after multiple attorneys advised that there was no hope in challenging the arbitrator’s award, the ...

  • Bird Marella and ACLU Obtain Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Federal Prisoners in COVID-19 Class Action Suits

    Bird Marella and co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with the Prison Law Office (PLO) to achieve victories in two class action lawsuits filed against Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the Lompoc class action, the Court issued a preliminary injunction and ordered the Bureau of ...

  • Shoshana Bannett Quoted in Los Angeles Times on Hadid’s Bel Air Mansion Lawsuit

    Of Counsel Shoshana E. Bannett was recently quoted in a Los Angeles Times article regarding the ongoing civil suit against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid over his unfinished, illegally-constructed Bel Air mansion. Bannett, principals Gary S. Lincenberg and Ariel A. Neuman, along with associate Jimmy Threatt are representing neighbors residing ...

  • Paul Chan and Shoshana Bannett Analyze Escobar’s Impact on FCA Claims

    Bird Marella attorneys Paul Chan and Shoshana Bannett co-authored the article, “FCA Claims after Escobar.” Featured in the Daily Journal, the article provides an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v Escobar and its continuing effects on False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. Chan ...

  • Bird Marella Successfully Defends JM Eagle In High Profile Qui Tam Trial

    Bird Marella helped secure a significant victory on behalf of its client JM Eagle, the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer, in a long-running False Claims Act case. Following a five-week trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, federal judge George Wu declared a mistrial ...

Publications

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.

Representative Cases

  • 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.

News & Events

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 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 ...

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 against the administrators at Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons. Filed on behalf of several prisoners, the lawsuits detailed how insufficient measures ...

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 Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air mansion. On March 4, 2021, the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order appointing a receiver and ordering the demolition of the ...

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 Superior Court. Following the arbitration decision, and after multiple attorneys advised that there was no hope in challenging the arbitrator’s award, the ...

Bird Marella and ACLU Obtain Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Federal Prisoners in COVID-19 Class Action Suits

Bird Marella and co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with the Prison Law Office (PLO) to achieve victories in two class action lawsuits filed against Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the Lompoc class action, the Court issued a preliminary injunction and ordered the Bureau of ...

Shoshana Bannett Quoted in Los Angeles Times on Hadid’s Bel Air Mansion Lawsuit

Of Counsel Shoshana E. Bannett was recently quoted in a Los Angeles Times article regarding the ongoing civil suit against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid over his unfinished, illegally-constructed Bel Air mansion. Bannett, principals Gary S. Lincenberg and Ariel A. Neuman, along with associate Jimmy Threatt are representing neighbors residing ...

Paul Chan and Shoshana Bannett Analyze Escobar’s Impact on FCA Claims

Bird Marella attorneys Paul Chan and Shoshana Bannett co-authored the article, “FCA Claims after Escobar.” Featured in the Daily Journal, the article provides an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v Escobar and its continuing effects on False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. Chan ...

Bird Marella Successfully Defends JM Eagle In High Profile Qui Tam Trial

Bird Marella helped secure a significant victory on behalf of its client JM Eagle, the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer, in a long-running False Claims Act case. Following a five-week trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, federal judge George Wu declared a mistrial ...

Publications