Brenda D. Posada
Brenda D. Posada joined Brayton Purcell in 2011 as an associate attorney in the civil department. Currently, she is the managing attorney of the firm's Workers' Compensation Department. An AV Preeminent Rated (Martindale–Hubbell®) attorney for ten years, she has over 25 years of legal experience in California. In 2014 and 2015, Ms. Posada was recognized as one of San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers by Legal Leaders magazine.
Ms. Posada graduated from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 1990. She received judicial clerkship with Hon. Robert L. Dossee (Ret.) of San Francisco Superior Court (1989-1990). While attending law school, she successfully completed a legal studies program in Private and Public International Law in Geneva, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France. Ms. Posada received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Political Science and French. During the course of pursuing her undergraduate studies, she received a graduate certificate from the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France for successfully attending and completing a French language program. Besides French, Ms. Posada speaks fluent Spanish.
Throughout her practice, Ms. Posada has handled all phases of personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs—from preparing clients for depositions and drafting researched memoranda on various issues of law to successfully representing clients in arbitrations, mediations, hearings and civil trials. Her work has resulted in successful settlement recoveries in the millions of dollars on behalf of her clients.
In 2006, Ms. Posada successfully argued against exclusion of an expert at a Daubert Hearing (2006 WL 2690064, C.D. Cal). In 2001, Ms. Posada attended and argued before Florida's Third District Appellate Court, while admitted Pro Hac Vice, and succeeded in overturning a lower state court decision. The published opinion is reported in Bosdorf v. Sinnamon, 804 So.2d 510 (Fia. App. Dist. 3, 12/26/2001). She also successfully argued against dismissal of a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) airline action brought under the international treaty commonly known as the Warsaw Convention. It was the only case of its kind to survive summary judgment and proceed to trial. The decision received local and international media attention in October of 2007.
Ms. Posada is the author of various publications, including an article entitled, “Current Status of DVT/Airline Litigation—Overview” published in Volume XXXI of the Annals of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Quebec, 2006. She was an invited speaker at the 12th Annual Aviation Litigation CLE Seminar in New York City, New York and the 32nd Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law & Insurance Seminar in Semiahmoo, Washington.
Ms. Posada is the former Vice-President of Communications for San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and a former co–editor of the San Francisco Barristers Law Journal. Currently, she volunteers as a mediator at Community Boards in San Francisco, a non-profit organization offering low cost mediation to persons in conflict.
She is admitted to practice law in California and has been admitted pro hac vice in Nevada, Florida, Hawaii, Texas and North Carolina. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she currently lives in the East Bay with her yellow lab, Sasha. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and cooking.
- California, 1991
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2002
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2003
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2004
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1991
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
- Supreme Court of California, 1991
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
- LL.M., Master of Laws summa cum laude - December, 2013
- Major: International Taxation & Financial Services
- Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
- Master of Science summa cum laude - 2011
- Major: International Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
- J.D. - 1990
- University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
- B.A. - 1987
- Honors: With High Honors
- Major: Political Science
- Minor: French
- A Deceased Plaintiff's Right to Pain and Suffering Damages: Till Death Do Us Part?, San Francisco Barrister Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 8, 1993
- Current Status of DVT/Airline Litigation—Overview, Annals of Air and Space Law, Volume XXXI , 2006
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Forum of International and Domestic Affairs (F.I.D.A), first student club for political science students at the University of San Francisco, Founding President, 1987 - 1990
- Marin County Bar Association, Member
- State Bar of California, Workers' Compensation Law Section, June 1, 2016 - Present