Tarifa B. Laddon



Tarifa Laddon protects the interests of innovative manufacturers of medical devices, food products, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products and various other consumer products in product liability litigation all over the country. Tarifa has specific expertise in defending mass torts and class actions.

Tarifa also represents clients in the following types of disputes:

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Environmental
  • Agribusiness
  • Toxic tort
  • Esports
  • Proposition 65
  • Real estate
  • Business torts
  • Labor and employment

In addition to her California bar license, Tarifa is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Product Liability

In addition to representing medical device manufacturers, including in orthopedic and female pelvic mesh litigation, Tarifa has assisted industrial manufacturers of engines, filtration and power generation products in product liability matters.

Environmental and Toxic Tort

In the environmental space, Tarifa helps manufacturers resolve litigation alleging groundwater contamination, Clean Water Act violations, Prop 65 violations and toxic tort cases.

Class Actions and Employment

Tarifa is experienced in defeating class certification and defending putative class actions involving claims of deceptive food advertising, FLSA violations, breach of warranty, and wage and hour issues.

Commercial Litigation

Tarifa has represented clients in lease disputes, tax shelter-related litigation, regulatory investigations, and commercial and real estate disputes.

Faculty Positions

  • UCLA Law — Lecturer in Law, Drug and Medical Device Law, Spring 2018


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. Michigan Journal of Gender & Law (articles editor) (2005)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
B.A. summa cum laude (2002)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team
    Co-author, Law360, March 2019
  • Shining the Light on Third-Party Litigation Funding
    Co-presenter, 22nd Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation, December 2017
  • What to Expect When You're Expecting a Drug or Device Expert Deposition
    Co-author, Trial Practice Newsletter, ABA's Section of Litigation, Fall 2017
  • Environmental Enforcement in the Trump Era
    Panelist, 2017 Energy & Environmental Symposium, Faegre Baker Daniels, May 2017
  • Top 5 Tips for a Powerful Demonstrative in Medical Drug and Device Trials
    Co-author, Trial Practice Newsletter, ABA's Section of Litigation, March 1, 2017
  • Discovery on Discovery Demands Cost-Shifting
    Co-author, Law Technology News, June 13, 2013
  • Navigating Between U.S. Discovery and European Data-Protection Law
    Co-author, The Journal of the Section of Litigation, Winter 2012

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • In coordination with Public Counsel, achieved successful result for low-income residents of Garden Grove, California, under California's redevelopment and affordable housing laws.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Section of Litigation, Trial Practice Committee (Newsletter Committee, Co-Chair)

Civic Activities

  • Bet Tzedek — Board of Directors

Firm Leadership

  • Leader, Los Angeles Office


  • Los Angeles Business Journal — Most Influential Women Attorneys, 2018 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • Public Counsel — Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2009-11, 2013-19
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