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Natalie A. Prescott

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Education

  • Duke University (JD, cum laude)
  • Tulane University (MA)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (BA, summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Languages

  • German
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

Natalie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and an award-winning trial lawyer.  She defends companies in high-stakes product liability matters, UCL § 17200 and false advertising cases, mass torts, and consumer class actions.  She has extensive experience with MDL proceedings and product liability litigation.  She also assists clients in bet-the-company cases, including data breach class actions, CIPA and TCPA class actions, and all types of litigation and trial matters. In addition to her extensive defense experience, Natalie spent three years on the plaintiff’s side, managing serious personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. This background enabled her to effectively defend companies in wrongful death and survival actions and to navigate complex medical testimony and experts through all stages of the case. 

Prior to joining the firm, Natalie was a senior litigation associate at the highest-ranked firm in the Am Law 100, where she received extensive consumer litigation, trial, and product liability experience. She also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Roger T. Benitez of the United States District Court of the Southern District of California. She has been recognized with such prominent awards as “Super Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America.”

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Natalie assists clients with responding to regulatory inquiries into data security practices, data breach notifications, compliance, and incident management and response. She assists with drafting and implementation of privacy policies and best practices and assessing risks associated with their privacy practices across the globe. Fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, Natalie brings international expertise to global companies with U.S. and international presence.

Natalie has extensive litigation and trial experience and works with clients on bet-the company cases, call recording class actions, TCPA class actions, regulatory actions, employee privacy, breach-of-contract cases, and cases involving alleged violations of California’s unfair competition law, Business and Professions Code §§ 17200 et seq.

During law school, Natalie worked as the Editor-in-Chief for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. She graduated at the top of her class from Duke Law School in 2006. As a volunteer DA, Natalie prosecuted misdemeanor offenses and conducted trials in a state court. In 2014, Natalie was also selected along with a handful of applicants nationwide to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, which allowed her to master trial preparation techniques at the most advance level. She is the first female recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Bar Association.

Representative Matters

  • Defended major pharmaceutical companies in nationwide consumer fraud class action litigation and in mass tort litigation, including serving as one of lead attorneys in charge of interviewing and retaining experts.
  • Successfully defended an auto manufacturer in cases involving regulatory compliance, product liability class actions, class certification issues, and multi-district-litigation (MDL) proceedings.
  • Defended an airline company in product liability and wrongful death lawsuits.
  • Successfully defended an engine manufacturer in Diesel Engine Products Liability Litigation.
  • Represented manufacturers of foods and medicine products in false advertising and California Unfair Competition claims (17200).
  • Represented multinational technology corporation in a high-profile data breach matter, advising the company on data-breach notification requirements in various states, analyzing compliance issues, working closely with the government with respect to reporting obligations, and assisting with notification letters.
  • Successfully defended a global entertainment company and an award-winning director in a copyright infringement case of an Oscar-winning motion picture.  Matter resulted in a dismissal with prejudice at the motion-to-dismiss stage.
  • Represented a global athletic apparel manufacturer in multiple state and federal matters, insurance coverage issues, and appellate issues.
  • Defended small and medium-sized companies in cases involving do-not-call violations, The Junk Fax Prevention Act (JFPA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Assisted employers and employees with issues related to employee privacy issues, trade secrets, workplace monitoring and recording, and securing and return of confidential information.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney (2017)

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2015 – 2017)

  • San Diego Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2015 – 2016)

  • San Diego Magazine: “Top Lawyers in San Diego” (2014 – 2017)

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (2013 – 2017)

  • San Diego Metro Magazine: "Top Attorneys" (2012)

  • San Diego Daily Transcript: "Top Attorneys in the Insurance Category" (2010)

  • International Bar Association: Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year (2010)

  • California Bar Association: Jack Berman Award of Achievement (2008)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Publications Advisory Board Member, IAPP (current)
  • Co-Chair, San Diego Knowledge Net Chapter, IAPP (current)
  • Member, IAPP Women in Privacy (current)
  • Past Vice President, Lawyers Club of San Diego (2013)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Lawyers Club of San Diego (2010 – 2013)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (2011 – 2012)
  • Couture for a Cause Steering Committee (2008 – 2011)
  • Holocaust Reparations Project (2010 – 2012)