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About Abigail West

Abigail specializes in representing companies, officers, and directors in shareholder disputes, internal and regulatory investigations, and complex commercial and class action litigation.

Abigail defends clients in shareholder disputes, antitrust actions, and high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration. Her experience includes complex commercial and class-action litigation in federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as before foreign courts and international arbitration panels.

Abigail has represented clients in the technology sector, life sciences, and retail, among others, and advised clients on U.S. trade laws and regulations.

During law school, Abigail was a Global Law Scholar and student advocate at the International Women’s Human Rights Center, as well as an editor on the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She also served as a legal extern for the Senior Judges’ Chambers at the District of Columbia Superior Court. During college and law school, Abigail studied and worked in Kazakhstan and Russia. Abigail is devoted to providing pro bono legal services to underserved communities, such as documenting the use of tear gas in California juvenile detention centers and analyzing countries’ compliance with international human rights treaties. Abigail speaks intermediate Russian and has a working knowledge of French and Polish.

Recent work

Shareholder Litigation:

  • Won motion to dismiss on behalf of officers in shareholder litigation against Symantec alleging violations of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5. 

Retail and commercial:

  • Obtained a summary judgment victory on behalf of The Gap, Inc. in state court action alleging violations of California’s gift card statute and Unfair Competition Law. 

Life Sciences:

  • Successfully represented Chart Inc. in a products liability action concerning damaged or destroyed biological tissue by securing partial dismissal and then defeating plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.

Social media and technology:

  • Defended Google against an antitrust action brought in federal court by consumers and app developers alleging that Google monopolizes the Android app distribution market.