Pamela S. Palmer

Pamela S. Palmer


Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213.928.9814    Fax: 213.928.9850

Orange County, CA
Phone: 949.567.3500    Fax: 949.863.0151

Some of Ms. Palmer’s recent litigation matters and investigations include:

  • defended a national specialty debt servicing company in a fiduciary duty case brought by a liquidation trustee on behalf of alleged trusts that held distressed mortgage debt; won defense verdict at trial
  • defended the chairman and largest stockholder of a publicly traded death care company in Louisiana-based merger class action; won summary judgment
  • represented an Italian company in a cross-border contract dispute in federal court in Los Angeles arising under the Convention on the International Sale of Goods; settled for cash payment to client
  • defended a publicly traded biomedical testing manufacturing company in federal securities class action and state derivative suits arising out of forward-looking guidance and FDA orders; settled after winning dismissal of complaint
  • defended the same company in takeover merger litigation; settled with no cash payment
  • defended a publicly traded wireless communications company in a securities class action and multiple derivative suits arising out of restatements; settled after winning dismissal of complaint
  • defended a publicly traded mortgage company in securities class actions and derivative suits; won dismissals of multiple cases with prejudice; affirmed on appeal in the Ninth Circuit
  • ongoing defense of the same company in Maryland-based class action by preferred stockholders alleging breach of preferred stock voting rights arising out of a tender offer and consent solicitation; won partial summary judgment in a precedent setting decision
  • defended the principal and chief scientist of a $230 million private equity fund in limited investor action alleging various breaches of duty; won dismissal of the client on the pleadings
  • defended a public company and its founder in complex state court action alleging myriad tort and contact claims; won dismissal of all claims against clients on the pleadings
  • defended directors in numerous merger class action lawsuits, representing both target company boards and acquiring companies, often in simultaneous multiforum state and federal actions; won or settled all cases with no out of pocket client expense
  • defended the board of directors of a publicly traded real estate information services company in derivative suits arising out of RESPA regulatory actions and stock options restatement; won dismissal on the pleadings; affirmed on appeal
  • defended a commercial bank and lender in a consumer class action litigation suit arising out of negative amortization payment option mortgage loans; won dismissal on the pleadings
  • defended the former directors and officers of a closed bank against FDIC receivership fiduciary claims, a federal ERISA lawsuit and public holding company claims; settled prior to formal FDIC litigation
  • led numerous internal investigations on behalf of public companies, boards and audit committees based on shareholder demands and whistleblower allegations of illegal acts, restatements, stock options, insider trading, compliance and internal controls, including cross-border investigations
  • defended a regional audit firm and professionals in an extended SEC investigation of China-based reverse merger companies
  • defended public company executives in an SEC investigation following restatement and records manipulation.


  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Order of the Coif; notes and articles editor, Southern California Law Review
  • B.A., Philosophy, with honors, University of California, Irvine

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • Hon. Walter Ely: U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles, CA

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