Mary-Christine ("M.C.") Sungaila

Mary-Christine ("M.C.") Sungaila

Snell & Wilmer

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Patterson v. Domino’s: California Supreme Court Lends Important Guidance on Franchisor Liability

Taylor Patterson claimed that Domino’s, as the franchisor of thousands of pizza stores across the nation, should be held responsible for sexual harassment she experienced from a fellow employee over a two-week period when she...more

9/2/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors Harassment Sexual Harassment

Women Justices Speak Out: On Mentoring, Leadership, and Effective Advocacy

Judges give their insights into effective briefing and oral argument and talk about the mentors who made a difference in their careers. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court (2011–present) Q:...more

4/3/2014 - Women in the Law Young Lawyers

The Path to the Bench: Interviews with Women Appellate Judges

State and federal appellate judges offer their advice for women considering a career on the bench. Margaret McKeown, Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998–present) Q: What was your path to the...more

4/3/2014 - Judges Women in the Law Young Lawyers

The IADC Amicus Brief Program: Its Increasing Success and Influence

ONCE rare, amicus curiae or ‘‘friend of the court’’ briefs are now filed in the majority of appellate cases heard by the United States Supreme Court and various state supreme courts. In the United States Supreme...more

2/13/2014 - Appellate Briefs

The Art of Dissent

One panel at the 2013 Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit focused on dissenting opinions: reasons to write them, their role and possible impact, and the preservation of court collegiality when dissenting. Moderated by...more

2/11/2014 - Legal Writing

Rainmaker Q&A: Snell & Wilmer's MC Sungaila

Law360, New York (September 11, 2013, 3:31 PM ET) -- Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila is an appellate partner in Snell & Wilmer's Orange County/Los Angeles office. She has consistently briefed and argued cutting-edge appeals...more

9/17/2013 - Career Development

Under Construction - March 2013: California Supreme Court Case Sets New Standards for Expert Testimony

It is common for experts to testify in civil cases in California. In construction and engineering cases, in particular, testimony by experts is often the critical factor in success or failure. Despite the importance of expert...more

3/19/2013 - Daubert Standards Evidence Expert Testimony

Under Construction - March 2013

In This Issue: - Letter From the Editor - Tips for Presenting, Analyzing and Resolving Delay and Impact Claims - The Ever-Shrinking Federal Budget: Preparing for Contract Cut-Backs - Colorado Court of...more

3/16/2013 - Construction Contracts Contractors Dangerous Condition Duty to Maintain Evidence Expert Testimony False Claims Act Foreseeability Governmental Immunity Sequestration Subcontractors

Oral Advocacy and Record Preservation: A Judge’s Perspective. Insights Shared at the IADC 2012 Midyear Meeting by Judge Roger...

Originally published in The International Association of Defense Counsel - Appellate Practice Committee Newsletter - February 2013. At the 2012 Midyear meeting, we were privileged to hear insights on appellate oral...more

2/28/2013 - Appellate Advocates Appellate Record Oral Argument Record Preservation

And After All That Work!: The Dreaded U.S. Supreme Court “DIG”

Originally published in The Washington Legal Foundation’s The Legal Pulse, on January 31, 2013. In the last days of the 2011 Term, fresh off its decisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases, the...more

2/8/2013 - Article III DIG Private Right of Action RESPA SCOTUS

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