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Yvette Molinaro

eDiscovery Counsel - los angeles


Every Sunday, the already bustling Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles is brought even more to life by the vibrancy of Mar Vista's year-round farmers market. Local vendors, produce stands, delicious and unique hors d'oeuvres, kids craft booths, and live events fill the street. Among these vendors is Yvette Molinaro, selling her guaranteed fresh fruit and handing out stickers to the regular customers' children. This cherished hobby was sparked by Yvette's desire to live a healthy, active, and charitable lifestyle.

Through service to her community, Yvette learned how to consummate goals from the ground level, and utilize the resources around her. When she is not handling complex civil business litigation cases or representing pro bono clients referred by Public Council, Yvette serves as an At-Large Director on the Mar Vista Community Council Board of Directors. In addition to her community involvement, Yvette is a proud supporter and manager of MSK's project assistant program, providing young college graduates the opportunity to work in a law firm environment and develop necessary work skills to prepare them for a successful law school experience.

Yvette is now adding "Professor" to her rolodex of accomplishments, as an instructor of an electronic discovery course at her alma mater, Southwestern Law School. Whether it's at the office, classroom, or farmers market, Yvette is constantly giving back to her community.


Legal Expertise

Yvette advises the firm's lawyers and clients on eDiscovery laws, rules, practices and procedures, and oversees the firm's eDiscovery and Practice Support teams. She counsels clients on document retention, pre-litigation preparedness and the preservation, collection, review and production of electronic information in litigation. Leading the Practice Support team, she works to integrate electronic discovery best practices into case strategy to insure efficiency, compliance and cost mitigation.

Also a litigator, Yvette practices complex civil business litigation including business contract disputes, unfair competition and business torts, intellectual property disputes, and employment matters. She represents pro bono clients referred by Public Counsel and has participated as defense counsel in the Federal Indigent Defense Panel program.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in Internet copyright enforcement litigation.
  • Member of the trial team that represented the family of Fred Goldman in the civil wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson resulting in a jury verdict and judgment of $33.5 million for all plaintiffs. 
  • Member of the team that represented the Estate of Armand Hammer in connection with litigation concerning the distribution of his estate among heirs, putative heirs and charitable institutions.

Honors & Awards

  • "Southern California Super Lawyer," by Law & Politics (2004-2007)
  • "Top 20 California lawyers under 40," California Law Business Journal (1997)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of California, 1990
  •    Eastern District of California, 1991
  •    Southern District of California, 1991
  •    Northern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 1991
  •    Ninth Circuit


Southwestern Law School, J.D., 1990; cum laude

Southwestern University Law Review; Chair, Moot Court Board of Governors

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, B.A., 1987; summa cum laude

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