Esther K. Ro represents clients in complex business, corporate, and class action disputes, in both US federal and state courts. She drafts and argues motions, takes and defends witness depositions, and drafts and manages the discovery process. Esther also has federal jury trial experience, which includes managing day-to-day trial activities, preparing witnesses, drafting jury instructions, and preparing and opposing pretrial and post-trial motions.
In addition to participating in the firm’s diversity initiatives and associate committees, Esther serves on the Board of Governors for the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) and serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Committee for Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Esther served as a fellow with the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, where she assisted victims of loan modification scams. Prior to that, she was an associate in another international law firm, where she focused on product liability and toxic tort defense. In law school Esther served as a law clerk at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where she focused on national origin discrimination issues.
Securing a demurrer sustained without leave to amend, affirmed by a published California Court of Appeal decision, of a putative nationwide consumer class action against a retail company involving alleged unfair business practices and false advertising relating to merchandise sold at outlet stores.
Securing a dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage of a putative, federal, nationwide consumer class action complaint against an automobile manufacturer involving alleged defects in the pre-collision braking system.
Securing a dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage of a putative federal, nationwide consumer class action complaint against a propane gas company involving alleged false advertising on labels of its products.
Successfully moving for summary judgment on behalf of insurance client facing nationwide class action claims under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and the California Unfair Competition Law.
Representation of a Fortune 500 technology company against claims of trade secret misappropriation under the California Uniform Trade Secret Act, breach of contract, conversion, and unfair competition under California Business & Professions Code 17200.
Stanford University, 2000, B.A., With Highest Honors
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2007, J.D.
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Central District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Most Influential Minority Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal (2018)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport, The Legal 500 US (2018)