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Leila N. Sockolov

Leila N. Sockolov


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Areas of Focus:

Ms. Sockolov’s practice focuses on civil litigation. Her experience with corporate clients and individuals spans a variety of legal disputes, ranging from trade secrets litigation and unfair business practices, to torts and contract disputes, among others. Ms. Sockolov is also experienced as counsel in appellate matters, and she has a thorough understanding of the extensive research and preparation required to create persuasive appellate briefs. In addition to her practice, Ms. Sockolov is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she teaches Legal Research and Writing.

Ms. Sockolov graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Representative Cases

  • Represented appellant before Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, leading to the California Supreme Court’s adoption of appellant’s position regarding timing of statutory offers to compromise in arbitration proceedings.
  • Represented corporate defendant against trademark infringement allegations in Federal Court wherein the plaintiff paid to settle the matter.
  • Removed writ of attachment over corporate defendant’s real property following plaintiff’s refusal to accept a deed of trust in lieu of writ.
  • Represented construction company defendant at trial, defeating entirety of plaintiff’s claims in excess of $900,000.
  • Represented newspaper company against large media conglomerate at Trial and Appellate Court, successfully obtaining adjudication that client was a “newspaper of general circulation” with accompanying legal benefits.

Professional Admissions

  • State Bar of California 
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States Appeals Court, Ninth Judicial Circuit


  • Moderator of 2018 “Sixth Annual from Having It All to Leaning In Annual Seminar”
  • Moderator of 2020 “Bullying in the Legal Profession” Roundtable

Activities / Memberships

  • Executive Committee of Women’s Law Section, Santa Clara County Bar Association

Academic Positions

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing


  • University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude
  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S., Biological Sciences