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Meredith Osborn, former Chief Trial Deputy at the City Attorney’s Office for San Francisco, is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations group. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Meredith was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California and an Enforcement Attorney with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

An accomplished litigator and trial lawyer, Meredith brings extensive civil and criminal litigation experience to her practice. During the course of her career, she has served as first chair in four jury trials and one bench trial as a prosecutor and defense counsel, written 30 appellate briefs, and argued 13 cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Experience

While at the City Attorney’s Office, Meredith oversaw civil litigation on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco in the Bay Area’s state and federal courts and was responsible for defending city agencies and employees in a wide variety of litigation, including class actions and multiparty indemnification and insurance coverage disputes. She also investigated and prosecuted cases brought under California’s Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Statute. During her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Meredith worked on the Organized Crime Strike Force and prosecuted cases involving racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession, and drug distribution, among others. She also served two years in the Appellate Division, where she handled appeals from trials and sentencing in cases involving crimes such as healthcare and financial fraud.

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Meredith was one of the founding members of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as an enforcement attorney in the agency. She brought the first case alleging abusive acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act and led the team responsible for establishing the Bureau’s authority over tribally chartered financial services companies. Meredith served as Policy Advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department as part of the team responsible for standing up the new federal agency and was the special assistant to the first Director of Enforcement. She began her career as a Deputy City Attorney in the City Attorney’s Office for San Francisco on its Trial Team.

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Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006, magna cum laude
  • M.Sc., International and European Politics, The University of Edinburgh, 2003, with distinction
  • A.B., Harvard University, 2002, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • California

Government & Military Service

  • Chief Trial Deputy, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (2020-2023)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (2014-2020)
  • Enforcement Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2011-2014)
  • Policy Advisor, Department of the Treasury (September 2010-July 2011)

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr.

Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Procedure, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2019-present)
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