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Board Member

Whitney R. O’Byrne

Whitney O’Byrne is a Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles. Whitney is a trial lawyer with a wide range of experience litigating complex civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. She represents clients, large and small, in disputes involving intellectual property, legal malpractice, antitrust, consumer class actions, privacy class actions, and other commercial litigation in state and federal court. Whitney has also represented individual and institutional clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Whitney’s substantial trial experience includes a multi-district antitrust case in the Southern District of New York, a patent trial in the Northern District of California, criminal trials in California and New York, and multiple JAMS and AAA arbitrations. Whitney is also a NITA trial skills instructor and has taught trial advocacy at multiple levels for over 10 years.

Whitney most recently practiced at a premier litigation boutique, where she worked on trade secrets, legal malpractice, and class action litigations for companies ranging from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Whitney also served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of New York.

Whitney was recognized as a 2021 Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers and has been published by Bloomberg Law. She has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was a member of the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court.

Whitney graduated from Columbia Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis.

Whitney is admitted to the State Bars of New York and California.