Betty Santohigashi is special counsel in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. In 2005, she founded the firmwide E-Discovery Team.

Areas of Practice

Betty represents plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation matters in federal and state courts, including contract disputes, unfair competition, fraud and other business torts, trademark infringement, commercial code litigation and class actions. Her clients include well-known companies such as Northwestern Bell Phones, Lucent Technologies, U.S. West, Newcourt, C.I.T., Beneficial Mortgage, Dell Financial Services, Nextel and AT&T Capital Corporation.

Betty's experience in Sheppard Mullin's Business Trial Practice Group is comprised of more then 19 years and includes clients in the areas of construction, real estate, intellectual property, professional liability, class action (plaintiff and defense), telecommunications and accounting.



Recipient, Community Service Award, San Diego County Bar Association, 1996, 1998

Recipient, Distinguished Service Award by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1995

San Diego Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2011



Member, Litigation Section, California Bar Association

Member, Litigation Section, San Diego County Bar Association

Member, American Inns of Court

Member, California Women Lawyers

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Member, Federal Bar Association

Betty has also been very involved in San Diego's legal community. She has been an active member of Lawyers Club since 1988 and was on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Club for three years.

Betty was Co-Chair of the Women's Resource Fair Task Force for three years and has been actively involved on Task Force committees for over twelve years. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations.



J.D., University of California, Hastings, 1986

M.S., California Lutheran College, 1979

B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1973, summa cum laude


  • California, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - (N.C.S.)
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