Sunny S. Shapiro


Sunny Shapiro is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois in the Products Liability and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. Ms. Shapiro defends corporations in all facets of complex litigation in products liability, as well as environmental disputes involving public utilities and earth moving equipment manufacturers. She is regularly engaged as coordinating national and regional counsel by in-house counsel to develop cost-effective strategies to respond to all phases of costly litigation. With extensive experience in e-discovery, depositions, summary judgment, and trial, Ms. Shapiro has directed all phases of litigation. Her clients include corporations, public utilities, industrial and commercial contractors, manufacturers/suppliers, as well as legal, insurance, and financial industry professionals. Ms. Shapiro has a background in alternative dispute resolution, having handled settlement conferences and informal negotiations. She has also successfully represented clients at mediation and arbitrations. Before joining Sedgwick, Ms. Shapiro interned at the California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General working on matters involving CEQA, water quality, and air pollution. She was then chosen for a prestigious year-long internship in the Antitrust section of the California Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office from 2001 to 2002.


  • Co-author, “Keeping Client Secrets,” California Lawyer (January 2014).
  • Co-author, “Who Decides Strategy: Lawyer or Client?” California Lawyer (October 2009).
  • Co-author, “Lower the Asbestos Burden on State Courts,” The Recorder (July 24, 2009).
  • Co-author, “Cross-Sector Product Liability in a DTC Marketplace,” BIOMEDevice Forum Official Conference Guide (October 2007).
  • Co-author, “Asbestos Litigation in California: Can it Change for the Better?” Pepperdine Law Review, Volume 34, Number 4 (2007).
  • Co-author, “Financial Institutions Need to Know Elderly Customers,” Community Banker, (January 2006).

Professional Presentations

Panelist, “Cultural and Generational Differences in Negotiations,” California Women Lawyers and JAMS (October 2010).


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California




  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • USF Women Lawyers Committee

Awards & Honors

Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, 2012-2016


University of San Francisco School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2002

Hamilton College

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1997

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