Crystal Mothershead Gaudette

Crystal Mothershead Gaudette is a partner in the civil litigation group, with a broad practice covering business disputes, employment matters, real estate matters, and public entity defense. She joined the firm in 2014, after practicing law for eight years at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where she handled complex commercial and securities cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and various business-related torts; assisted clients in responding to inquiries and investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice; and conducted internal investigations based upon whistleblower and shareholder complaints.

Ms. Gaudette has represented companies and individuals throughout the country before federal and state courts and government agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution.  She is an experienced trial lawyer, with the ability to handle a case from pre-litigation counseling through arbitration or trial.  Ms. Gaudette has extensive experience in managing issues involving electronic discovery, taking and defending depositions, and working with experts.  She enjoys helping clients make litigation decisions that make good business sense — be it resolving a case short of trial by successful motion practice or advantageous settlement, or litigating a case through trial by judge or jury.

Ms. Gaudette earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 2006, where she received the Order of the Coif, and was senior articles editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gaudette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, with a Spanish minor, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2002.

Ms. Gaudette was born and raised in Pacific Grove, California, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. She is actively involved in the community, and currently serves on the boards of Monterey County Women Lawyers Association, and Pacific Grove P.R.I.D.E. (Public Response in Dollars for Education). She formerly served as a board member with Pacific Grove Pony Baseball, an organization for which she continues to volunteer and coach.