Polly Towill is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office, where she is also the Office Managing Partner. She is the leader of the Toxic Tort and Product Liability team. Ms. Towill was recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the “Top Women Litigators.”
Ms. Towill has extensive experience in litigating complex business disputes in state and federal courts. She also regularly advises clients on preventative measures and risk management. Her varied practice includes representing clients in commercial transaction disputes, real estate matters, corporate compliance matters, whistleblower retaliation claims and toxic tort liability litigation and product recalls. In addition, she performs internal investigations for her clients. Ms. Towill represents clients in numerous industries including: financial institutions and services, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, technology and healthcare.
Ms. Towill defends class action matters in state and federal courts alleging securities violations, business torts, false advertising, violations of telephone recording statutes, and other claims. She specializes in whistleblower retaliation lawsuits brought under various federal and state statutes, including the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts.
Ms. Towill is the former law clerk to United States District Court Judge Manuel L. Real. While with the firm, she also worked as in-house counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she managed litigation and supervised outside counsel.
- Successfully defeated in arbitration on behalf of a majorly publicly traded company a whistleblower retaliation action under federal and state law.
- Successfully terminated product recall by Consumer Product Safety Commission against international manufacturer of electronic products.
- Defeated on the eve of trial a headline-making mass toxic tort action spearheaded by Erin Brokovich alleging that client’s oil facility caused cancer in Beverly Hills High School students.
- Represented Parsons in disputes with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and subcontractors for negligence and indemnity claims arising out of the Metrolink and Caltrans positive train control project.
- Primary role in successfully arbitrating the first False Claims Act action decided by two federal judges in a unique baseball arbitration brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice.
- Handled investigation brought by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) based on consumer allegations of undercapitalization, faulty mortgage loans, etc.
- Represented real estate developer in several actions for fraud and breach of contract involving 100,000 acre ranch located in Central California.
- J.D., Georgetown University, 1985, The American Criminal Law Review
- B.A., The University of Connecticut, 1981, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Los Angeles Bar Association
- United States Law Firm Group, Litigation Committee
- Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- American Bar Association
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