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Ms. Alonso has broad experience at both the state and federal levels in unfair competition, intellectual property and contract disputes, and related business torts as well as in labor, employment and constitutional law. In addition to her trial and general litigation expertise, Ms. Alonso also counsels employers on employment matters, including recruitment and hiring practices and termination and severance issues. She has handled numerous probate litigation matters, representing both claimants and personal representatives in estate and trust contests.
Examples of prior trial experience include obtaining a defense verdict for her client in a jury trial of a $9 million breach of fiduciary duty action, and prevailing in a $400 million will contest action. Ms. Alonso defended multiple arbitration hearings in a landmark sexual discrimination class action, served as trial counsel in a federal constitutional challenge to California’s unitary taxation policy, and in the American Academy of Pediatrics constitutional challenge to California’s parental consent to abortion law. Among other accomplishments while at her own firm, she and her partners obtained a highly successful settlement of a civil rights case involving an individual who police framed for a 1990 murder, resulting in his incarceration for over 20 years. Ms. Alonso also achieved a substantial settlement against police and the district attorney, following multiple trips to the Ninth Circuit, in a civil rights case arising from the wrongful search, arrest and charging of an innocent couple for murder.
Ms. Alonso began her legal career at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, California, where she practiced until joining the firm of Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg in 1991. She left that firm in 2003 to partner in her own litigation boutique, Gross Belsky Alonso, LLP, focusing on high profile public interest, constitutional and commercial law. After closing that firm in 2016, she practiced with the labor and employment firm of Messing Adam & Jasmine until joining Baute Crochetiere & Hartley in 2021.
Ms. Alonso has a continuing commitment to providing pro bono services, and has been recognized for her efforts as the Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of San Francisco, as well as repeatedly receiving commendations for her pro bono work.
Ms. Alonso received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree in English and History from UC Davis with highest honors, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.