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Whitney Jones Roy

Los Angeles
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  • J.D., University of Southern California, 2000, worked for noted Professor Charles Whitebread as a teaching and research assistant and contributed to the publication of numerous articles regarding constitutional law and criminal procedure, as well as Professor Whitebread's annual publication Recent Decisions of the United States Supreme Court 1998-1999; staff member for the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies.
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, cum laude
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, cum laude
  • Prior to working at Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Roy worked for the Honorable Harvey Schneider of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Complex Division as an extern in 1998.
  • California, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Whitney Jones Roy is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. She is also the Office Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Roy specializes in business litigation and complex environmental litigation. Her experience includes representing clients in a variety of business disputes and against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, unfair business practices, negligence, nuisance and trespass. Ms. Roy has also developed a specialty in litigation relating to products liability, Proposition 65, the Clean Air Act, and CERCLA. She has been involved in insurance litigation and defending class action lawsuits. Ms. Roy's cases have related to a broad spectrum of industries including oil companies, financial institutions, insurance, real estate, construction equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

Ms. Roy has experience in all aspects of California and federal civil procedure including drafting and opposing motions; arguing motions in court; propounding and responding to discovery; conducting and defending depositions; preparing for and representing clients in trial and private arbitration; and briefing for various appellate courts.


In addition to her responsibility as the Office Managing Partner, Ms. Roy is the founder of Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles Women Lawyers Group and a member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a member of Sheppard Mullin’s Recruiting Committee. Each summer, Ms. Roy serves as an instructor and public speaking coach for Sheppard Mullin's Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) for summer associates.

Ms. Roy also oversees the firm’s participation in Public Counsel’s pro bono Adoptions Project wherein attorneys volunteer to represent parents finalizing adoptions in Los Angeles County.

Ms. Roy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

  • Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2014
  • Nominee for the 2013 Los Angeles Business Journal “Women Making A Difference” Award
  • Ms. Roy was selected as the 1999 Champion of the University of Southern California's Hale Moot Court Honors Program and received the honor of Outstanding Oralist at Brooklyn Law School's Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition in 2000.

Representative Matters

In 2014, she obtained a major summary judgment victory disposing of most of the claims asserted by the Orange County Water District in a Federal multi-district litigation matter in the Southern District of New York.  A portion of the case remains in the Southern District of New York while focus sites have been remanded to the Central District of California for trial.

In 2013, she obtained summary judgment on 4 of 5 claims in City of Merced Redevelopment Agency v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al., a Federal multi-district litigation matter in the Southern District of New York. In 2015, after transfer to the Eastern District of California for trial, she prevailed on a second motion for summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s remaining claim for cost recovery under the Polanco Act.

In 2013, she obtained summary judgment on all claims in Orange County Water District v. SABIC Innovative Plastics, et al. The case involved a claim for tens of millions of dollars in purported future damages associated with alleged groundwater contamination in Orange County asserted against approximately 40 property owners and manufacturers.

In 2011-2012, Ms. Roy was counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation in City of Merced v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., et al., a 4½ month products liability jury trial in Merced County Superior Court. She obtained dismissal or directed verdict of punitive damages and millions of dollars in claimed compensatory damages, followed by a favorable jury verdict.

In 2010, Ms. Roy obtained summary judgment in D&H v. Exxon Mobil Corporation. She argued and successfully defended the judgment on appeal in 2011 before the Second Appellate District.

Ms. Roy represented State Compensation Insurance Fund ("State Fund") in the matter Cumbre, Inc. et al. v. State Compensation Insurance Fund, in which several insurance brokers alleged that State Fund improperly terminated their broker relationship due to the broker's unprofitability. The brokers asserted a variety of novel legal theories including unfair business practices, violation of due process, violation of the duty of fair procedure and breach of contract. Despite the plaintiffs’ allegation of $49 million in damages, after a 6 week jury trial in state court, Ms. Roy succeeded in obtaining a complete defense verdict for her client. Ms. Roy then successfully defended the judgment on appeal before the Fourth Appellate District of the State of California and in a subsequent federal court action that was reviewed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After a 9 day private arbitration of the matter Bruinbilt v. Persistence Capital, et al., Ms. Roy succeeded in obtaining a $24.7 million fraud judgment for her clients, investors who had been defrauded by an elaborate ponzi scheme involving life insurance.

Ms. Roy also prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of client Wynn Oil Company in the Los Angeles Superior Court matter Miguel, et al v. Wynn Oil Company. The case involved allegations of fraud, breach of contract, intentional interference with economic advantage, unfair business practices, and misappropriation of trade secrets associated with a ten year relationship between Wynn Oil and its Brazilian distributor. Ms. Roy successfully defended the judgment on appeal to the Second Appellate District of the State of California.


Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, " Woman Leaders: Lessons Learned on the Journey," Central Valley Women's Forum, March 30, 2016
  • Speaker, "Women in Leadership: How to Position Yourself for a Leadership Role and What to do Once You Get There," hosted by Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, April 24, 2014
  • Panelist, "Inspiring Stories - Paths to Leadership," hosted by the Women of Grant Thornton, June 26, 2013
  • Panelist, "Women making partner: The balancing act," USC Gould School of Law, April 3, 2013
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Women's Law Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Alumnus, Leadership California - Class of 2005
  • Luminary Member, Step-Up Women's Network