Teresa W. Ghali

Partner, San Francisco
(415) 981-3233
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What’s Your Favorite Team? Go SF Giants!

In my spare time, I Enjoy: Reading great fiction and drinking coffee at the Bay Area’s many fine coffee shops.

If I wasn't a lawyer, I’d Be: Writing the next Great American Novel!

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About Teresa

As a Partner at CDF, Teresa W. Ghali advises and defends California employers against class actions and single plaintiff claims in federal and state courts, as well as administrative proceedings before the EEOC, DLSE, and DFEH.  Ms. Ghali is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who has defended corporate clients in employment, breach of contract, and insurance matters.  Ms. Ghali has extensive experience in both jury and bench trials in state and federal courts throughout California. 

Prior to joining CDF, Ghali practiced commercial litigation with the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. 

Ghali’s experience includes successfully obtaining class decertification in Trahan v. U.S. Bank, N.D. Cal. as well as successfully settling numerous single plaintiff lawsuits prior to and during litigation.  Ghali has successfully settled wage and hour claims before state administrative agencies.  She has also successfully defended an insurance company in a mass-plaintiff tort suit by current and former employees of the company alleging that the company is liable for damages employees allegedly suffered as a result of investment advice they received from investment advisors who provided services to the company.  And as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney with in Marin County, Ghali independently prosecuted 5 jury trials and 1 bench trial to verdict.

Fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese as a native speaker and proficient in written and spoken Spanish.

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University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2007

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Global Migration Issues & International Human Right Clinic
  • Chinese Law Society, Board Member & Founding Member
  • Asian American Law Journal, Submissions Editor
  • Asian Law Alliance, Law Clerk

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., English & Spanish (summa cum laude), 2004


California Employers Must Adjust to New Laws on Leave, Pay, Criminal History,” HR Daily Advisor - California, October 2017

Are Interview Questions About Salary History Off-Limits?California Employment Law Letter, June 12, 2017

Company Layoff Didn't Constitute Age Discrimination,” California Employment Law Letter, February 8, 2016

Court Outlines Do’s and Don’ts For Ensuring Enforceable Arbitration Agreement,” California Employment Law Letter, April 13, 2015

“Mexico's Trade: Up Against the Great Wall,” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, April 27, 2006

Written Opinions

Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n (“Duran II”), 2018 WL 456769

Trahan v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2015 WL 75139 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2015)

Walling v. AGA Med. Holdings, Inc., No. C 10-05247 SBA, 2011 WL 4506519 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2011)

Realnetworks, Inc. v. DVD Copy Control Ass'n, 641 F. Supp. 2d 913 (N.D. Cal. 2009)


“Disability-Related Accommodations – What “Reasonable Accommodation” Looks Like In Practice,” CDF Webinar Series, August 2017

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, 2010 - 2017

Commendation from the Marin County Board of Supervisors for trials conducted as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney, November, 2010

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