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Tarifa B. Laddon



Tarifa Laddon protects the interests of innovative manufacturers of medical devices, software, food products, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, and various other consumer products in product liability litigation across the country. Tarifa is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried cases for both manufacturer and retailer clients in state and federal courts from Tampa to Missouri and throughout the state of California. Tarifa has particular skill defending companies in mass torts litigation at both the trial and settlement strategy stages and against new and innovative legal arguments like platform liability.

In addition to product liability cases, Tarifa represents clients in the favorable resolution of class actions, complex commercial litigation, insurance, environmental, agribusiness, toxic tort, Proposition 65, and labor and employment disputes.

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

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.

Civic Activities

  • Bet Tzedek — Board of Directors

Firm Leadership

  • Leader, Los Angeles Office, 2020-23


  • 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
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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