Marie Wrighten


Marie Wrighten is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice group.

Ms. Wrighten is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in civil litigation. Ms. Wrighten’s practice focuses on complex business and tort litigation with an emphasis on high exposure personal injury litigation, product liability matters, toxic torts, environmental litigation, and hospitality services liability lawsuits. She has represented public and private companies in single plaintiff and class action lawsuits. Ms. Wrighten has also first chaired more than twenty jury trials in state and federal court.

Ms. Wrighten routinely manages cases from inception through the pleading and summary judgment motion phases as well as the alternative dispute resolution process, including mediations of multidistrict litigation matters and large-scale class actions. Ms. Wrighten has successfully resolved matters alleging claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, product defect, negligence, fraud, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, unfair competition, and unfair trade practices. Ms. Wrighten has also prepared numerous appellate briefs and conducted oral arguments before the California Court of Appeal.

Previously, Ms. Wrighten was Senior Counsel of Litigation for Nestlé USA, Inc., where she managed the Company’s litigation for its various business units across the country. In this capacity, Ms. Wrighten was pivotal in building the Company’s e-Discovery platform. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wrighten was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California and the District of Columbia for approximately three years. Ms. Wrighten also served as an Assistant District Attorney for two years, where she acted as a trial team and department leader throughout her tenure in the office.

Ms. Wrighten received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. Ms. Wrighten earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • COVID-19: Emergency Order Violations & Related White Collar Crimes

Additional Experience



United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


Columbia University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1993

Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, 1990