Allison H. GoddardV-Card

Allison Goddard has practiced law in San Diego since she graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000.

Favorite Hobbies: Running, cooking
‪If I Was Not A Lawyer I Would: Work for a non-profit
‪Favorite City: Nashville
‪Vacation: Iceland
Favorite TV Show: The Wire


Ali is an advocate for consumers and employees in a variety of litigation matters, including class actions against illegal employment policies and unlawful business practices that threaten consumers’ rights to privacy and fair treatment. She also represents patentholders in fighting infringement of their intellectual property.


Ali is a recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for her work in Burns v. San Diego State University. Ali obtained a judgment in excess of $5 million after a jury verdict in that case.

Some of Allison’s representative cases include:
  • Representation of plaintiffs in consumer class actions against national retailers under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, California Civil Code § 1747 et seq., including a $36 million verdict and more than $50 million in settlements.
  • Representation of plaintiffs in employment class actions challenging illegal practices in multiple industries.
  • Represented plaintiff in breach of contract and fraud litigation that resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for her client after six days of trial.
  • Representation of entrepreneurs and inventors in patent infringement litigation, including appearances at five Markman hearings in the Southern District of California.
Education

University of San Diego School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
Order of the Coif
San Diego Law Review

Boston College
B.A., Political Science,1993
Phi Beta Kappa

Publications and Speaking Engagements

ESI Meet and Confer Simulation, July 2015, San Diego ESI Forum

H. Lee Sarokin, Jane K. Babin & Allison H. Goddard, Has Affirmative Action Been Negated? A Closer Look at Public Employment, 37 San Diego L, Rev. 575 (2000).

Women in eDiscovery, Trial Technology for Litigators Series, 2017

Professional and Community Activities
  • Advisory Board, United States District Court for the Southern District of California Learning Center, 2015-present
  • California State Bar Committee on Federal Courts, 2014-2016
  • Federal Bar Association, National Meeting and Convention Committee, Chairperson, 2015, Member 2013-2014
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Lawyer Representative, 2011–2013
  • Host Committee for 2012 Federal Bar Association National Meeting and Convention, Vice Chairperson
  • Federal Bar Association – San Diego Chapter, President, 2009
  • Lawyer Representative Bar Recommendation Committee for the Southern District of California, Chairperson, 2009, Member, 2015
  • Merit Screening Committee for Bankruptcy Judgeship Appointment in the Southern District of California, Member, 2009
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Member
  • The Thursday Club, Member