Brandy L. Worden

Associate


Brandy Worden is an associate in the Walnut Creek office of Newmeyer & Dillion.  She has extensive civil litigation experience that includes: complex construction and bad faith insurance coverage matters with damages exceeding tens of millions of dollars, appellate matters, real estate disputes, products liability, consumer law, premises liability, and contract and e-commerce disputes. Brandy also has experience navigating clients through various cyber and risk management issues.

LITIGATION
Brandy’s litigation philosophy emphasizes client goals whether that calls for litigation through trial and appeals, or more affordable, early informal resolution.  She has a 360 degree view on civil litigation, incorporating diverse experiences including: (1) representation of both plaintiffs and defendants ranging from individuals to corporations; (2) the view from the bench as an extern for the Honorable District Court Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California; and (3) a regulatory litigation perspective while clerking for the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

As part of her litigation practice, Brandy has represented several Fortune 100 companies, including as interim regional counsel for a Fortune 100 company managing commercial litigation in 13 states.  
 
CYBER ISSUES
Brandy is passionate about the intersection of law and technology. Brandy looks for creative ways to offset risk in a world of increasing cyber threats, including ransomware, data breaches, email fraud, denial of service attacks, and more.  She has counseled clients and written regarding business practices, including cybersecurity and risk management, which protect companies in this ever-evolving legal landscape.  Brandy has also represented and consulted with online companies regarding customer disputes and drafting website terms of service and privacy policies.  

Throughout her career, Brandy has shown consistent dedication to the issues of cyber law. In law school, Brandy gained exposure to the regulation of e-commerce, blogs, mobile phone applications, and social media while working for the Federal Trade Commission which is touted as the single most important government agency in the American cyber privacy context.  During that time, she participated in investigations regarding deceptive advertising practices and social media privacy issues.  Brandy also founded the Consumer Law Association at Hastings College of the Law which maintained a blog on consumer issues including cyber law, and organized forums to discuss legal updates in cyber regulations.  She also served as a staff editor and symposium editor for the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, where she published regarding technology and privacy issues, and led a symposium on cyber law issues.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As a member of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Family Law Clinic, Brandy assisted victims of domestic violence.  During law school, Brandy was awarded the Weinstock Fellowship for her work assisting prisoner access to healthcare and received an Outstanding Volunteer Award by the San Francisco Bar Association for her commitment to counseling indigent clients at the Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic.  Prior to law school, Brandy interned for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor promoting individual liberties internationally.

PUBLICATIONS
•  Why Your Company Should Review its Insurance Policies Now in Light of Tough New Cybersecurity Regulations, Lexology.com, March 6, 2017, http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b9af644f-c6ff-489a-a0af-ea9a28417763
•  Navigating Employee Use of Social Media in the Workplace, The Newmeyer & Dillion Legal Briefing, May 2014, http://www.icontact-archive.com/YM3XJIMgvMX-WbQ3tORbefwgP0LFegHY?w=3
•  Is Your Furniture Spying on You? Covert Use of GPS in Advertising, 33 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT. L.J. (2011)
•  FTC May Put the Advertising Cookie Monster on a Diet, Hastings Consumer Law Association Blog, December 2, 2010, http://consumerlawstudents.blogspot.com/2010/12/ftc-says-no-to-cookie-monsters-called.html

SPEAKING
•  Master of Ceremonies for the UC Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, Web 3.0: Online Privacy Law, Politics and Business Issues of the New Decade, September 23, 2010

EDUCATION
• University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2011, Pro Bono Honors
• University of California, San Diego, B.A., Political Science, Minor in Literature & Writing, 2008

BAR INFORMATION
• California, 2011
• United States District Court, Northern District of California
• United States District Court, Central District of California
• United States District Court, Eastern District of California
• United States District Court, Southern District of California

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
• Bay Area Legal Aid
• California Builders’ Industry Association
• Bay Area Builders’ Industry Association