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Monica Williams Monroe

San Francisco, CA | D 415.617.2210 | F 415.617.2409

Monica Williams Monroe, Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office, practices in the area of complex civil litigation with a focus on product liability, mass tort, and business matters.

In her capacity as local, national, and trial counsel, she represents a variety of corporate and insurance interests, including those of property owners, service contractors, product suppliers, and equipment manufacturers. She defends clients in several litigation areas involving premises liability, including both premises owners and subcontractors in claims arising from construction improvements. Monica also handles client matters involving general contract analysis, business disputes, real estate litigation, and bankruptcy proceedings.

Monica’s litigation work involves cases filed in state, federal, and multidistrict venues and entails defending claims in all phases of pre-trial proceedings, overall case management, strategy, planning, and client communication. In addition to general management of case activity in various forums, she successfully assists clients with positive case resolutions through engagements in early discovery investigation, comprehensive deposition strategies, and favorable summary judgment rulings. Monica has handled matters as a second-chair trial attorney in several phases of trial, including voir dire questioning, expert and fact witness cross examination, and argument of key evidentiary trial motions.

education & admissions


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., cum laude, 2003); Order of the Coif; Dean’s Honor List; Loyola Scholar; International & Comparative Law Review
  • Clark Atlanta University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1998); Dean’s List

state admissions

  • California, 2003

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Construction
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation Equipment

Representative Matters

  • As trial counsel, successfully defended golf car manufacturer in wrongful death mesothelioma case and assisted in presenting arguments excluding plaintiff expert on issue of key foundation to opine on issues of exposure and causation (San Francisco County Superior Court)
  • Successfully negotiated real estate easement contract terms in a claim against a corporate premise owner; served as client liaison with real estate counsel in negotiating contract terms, including mutual property rights and ownership interests related to significant real estate location in Santa Clara County, California
  • Defended and argued key summary judgment motion on issue of claimed asbestos exposures for automotive parts manufacturer based upon inadmissibility of plaintiff product identification testimony pursuant to California standards (Sacramento County Superior Court)
  • Performed contract review and pre-litigation analysis in assisting technology client with third-part contract agreements to prepare for supplier negotiations in Silicon Valley, California
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Lessons Learned on the Path to Management from the Legal and Policy Lens," Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE) Summit 2019, San Francisco, California (February 2019)
  • "Asbestos: 38 Years and Counting. How Many More to Go?", American Bar Association Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee’s 26th Annual Spring CLE Meeting (April 2017)
  • "The Powerful Legacy of Female Leadership," Perrin Conferences’ Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 2016)
  • "The Negotiator: Strategies and Perspectives on Case Resolution," Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating & Connecting, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois (November 2015)
  • "Preparing Your Case for Trial: Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms," Product Liability CLE, Tucker Ellis LLP, San Francisco, California (March 2015)



  • "Monica W. Monroe as Partner in Charge in San Francisco," San Francisco Daily Journal (January 2019)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Graduate (2014)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Queen’s Bench Bar Association
  • California Minority Counsel Program
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE), Impact Nonprofit Program Director
  • Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee
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