Louise Francis

Lecturer in Law

Louise Francis practiced commercial litigation for over 15 years in the San Francisco offices of Sheppard Mullin and Heller Ehrman. She has experience litigating policyholder insurance recovery lawsuits, management-side employment litigation, securities litigation defense, and a variety of other commercial matters. She tried cases in both Federal District Court and San Francisco Superior Court and has argued before the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal. After Graduating from UC Hastings College of Law, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge D. Lowell Jensen (now retired from the Norther District of CA). As a UC Hastings student, she was and editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. She became a shareholder (partner equivalent of Heller Ehrman in 1995 and spent three years as the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office from 1997 to 2000. In 2003 she left Heller Ehrman to establish a professional development coaching practice for lawyers. In 2007 she added counseling UC Hastings law students to her coaching practice. She is a Certified Leadership and Transition Coach, trained by the Hudson Institute which focuses on training coached to support C-suite executives. She is also a Certified Mediator and is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  Louise’s professional development coaching practice has included designing and presenting workshops on management and leadership for law firm partners and associates, and facilitating law firm retreats. She was a member of the team that developed the initial UC Hastings Inns of Court program, and has developed and administered programs on the U.S. law for foreign-trained attorneys for UC Berkeley School of Law. A New York native, she went to Swarthmore College, after college she worked as a paralegal for the immigration firm Fragomen, and came to the SF Bay Area to attend UC Hastings.

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