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Liên H. Payne

San Francisco
F: 415.434.3947


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013; Articles Editor of the California Law Review; Recipient of the Berkeley Law Pro Bono Pledge
  • M.A., Missouri School of Journalism, 2009
  • B.A., Smith College, 2006
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
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Liên Payne is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco Office.  Ms. Payne has worked on teams representing prominent financial institutions in high stakes commercial litigation involving tort and contract disputes and teams representing auto finance companies in complex class actions involving alleged unfair business practices and improper consumer disclosure. Ms. Payne’s practice also involves representing public and private entities and individuals in government investigations and  white collar criminal defense.

During law school, Ms. Payne was an articles editor for the California Law Review. She also interned as a clinic counselor with the Workers’ Rights Clinic of the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides free legal advice to low-income workers on a variety of employment issues, and the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, where she worked to develop post-conviction claims on behalf of a client sentenced to death. She has also interned at the W. Haywood Burns Institute and the ACLU of Northern California.

Before law school, Ms. Payne received a master’s in broadcast journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.