Poppy Alexander, JD ’12

Poppy Alexander, JD ’12

Associate, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

Sarah Poppy Alexander, JD ’12, is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, where she works on complex commercial matters in federal and state court, including business relationship disputes, professional malpractice, and appeals. Poppy also has successfully litigated class action cases involving the rights of prisoners with mental illness, disabilities, and serious medical conditions.

Poppy is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University. Prior to joining RBGG, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, Tennessee. During law school, she served as Editor in Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and contributed to multiple amicus curiae briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court related to human rights claims pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Corporation v. Law Firm: RBGG obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of a Bay Area corporation in claims that its long-time counsel failed to disclose conflicts of interest and to offer proper advice concerning a complex series of real estate investment transactions.

Hernandez v. County of Monterey: We sued the County of Monterey and its private medical provider, California Forensic Medical Group, challenging dangerous and unconstitutional conditions in the County’s Jail, a system plagued by severe overcrowding, outdated facilities, and chronic understaffing. In 2014, we defeated the defendants’ motion to dismiss and obtained a unique ruling holding that our clients could assert ADA Title III claims against the Jail’s private medical provider. See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2014 WL 4843945 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 29, 2014). The federal court subsequently certified a class of the approximately 950 prisoners in the Jail, along with a sub-class of prisoners with disabilities. See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, 305 F.R.D. 132 (N.D. Cal. 2015). On April 14, 2015, the court granted a sweeping preliminary injunction on behalf of the class and sub-class, finding rampant violations of the Constitution and federal law. See Hernandez v. County of Monterey, __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2015 WL 3868036 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 14, 2015). Less than one month later, the parties announced a preliminary comprehensive settlement in the case, which requires defendants to comply with the requirements of the preliminary injunction and to develop a series of implementation plans to enhance services at the Jail. Final approval of the settlement is pending.
Former Shareholders v. Corporation: The firm represents a corporation that manages elder care communities in the Bay Area in a dispute over the value of various business holdings upon the departure of two shareholders.

Amicus Briefs Concerning the Alien Torts Statute: RBGG submitted “friend of court” briefs on behalf of legal history professors in the Eleventh Circuit and two federal district courts in support of the plaintiffs’ claims that the defendants aided and abetted human rights violations in various international locations. The briefs urge the courts to recognize that the presumption against extraterritoriality in Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims does not apply to claims against U.S. corporations.

Mamani v. Sanchez de Lozada: RBGG submitted an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of military law scholars in support of the plaintiffs’ claim that the defendants committed human rights violations in Bolivia. The brief urges the court to recognize command responsibility for the defendants under U.S. and international law.