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Maxwell V. Pritt


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Areas of Practice



Global Investigations and White Collar Defense

Pro Bono

Securities Litigation


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007; Witkin / CALI Awards: Evidence, Torts, Public Interest Law, Advanced Legislative Process, and Statutory Interpretation & Bill Drafting.

University of California, Davis, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, Public Service; cum laude, Philosophy, 2003; Phi Beta Kappa.


Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009-2010 Hon. Mary H. Murguia, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2007-2009



United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

United States District Courts: Northern, Eastern,Central and Southern Districts of California

Since joining the firm in 2010, Max Pritt’s practice has focused on high-profile civil and criminal litigation, including complex commercial litigation, IP litigation, securities litigation, and arbitration.  Mr. Pritt has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court.  His clients have included multinational computer technology corporations, a multinational energy corporation, global banking and financial services organizations, and investment advisors.  Mr. Pritt also has an active pro bono practice litigating cases involving civil rights and constitutional rights, and has argued successfully before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Representative matters include: 

  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in a high-profile antitrust case in the portable music industry, winning a defense verdict from a jury in a class action seeking $350M in damages before trebling.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company and private wealth managers in FINRA arbitration, obtaining an award denying breach of contract, tort, and statutory claims seeking over $300 million.
  • Representing a client in a case of first impression in California concerning the disposition of frozen embryos.
  • Representing one of the largest banking and financial services institutions in the world in lawsuits concerning private-label mortgage-backed securities after the global financial crisis.
  • Representing a major real estate investment, development, and management company in connection with the foreclosure of a luxury apartment complex in San Francisco after the global financial crisis.
  • Prosecuting intellectual property claims for a Fortune 500 computer technology corporation.
  • Litigating discovery disputes under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in a multi-billion dollar international lawsuit.
  • Contributing to an amicus brief defending the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of voting rights litigators in Shelby County v. Holder.
  • Contributing to the successful defense of the trial court’s decision in favor of the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian couples of the right to marry under the California Constitution.

In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Pritt has conducted internal corporate investigations and represented targets of federal grand jury investigations.  Mr. Pritt is also a Certified E-Discovery Specialist and has taught legal writing and research as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

Mr. Pritt joined the firm following a one-year clerkship with Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha S. Berzon and a two-year clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona with now-Ninth Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia. 

Mr. Pritt graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2007, where he was a Senior Articles Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.  During law school, Mr. Pritt studied European competition law and international human rights at Leiden University in The Netherlands and worked for former California State Senator Joseph Dunn, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is currently the Executive Director of the California State Bar.  Mr. Pritt also externed for former Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and advocated on behalf of homeless and marginally housed San Franciscans as a volunteer with the General Assistance Advocacy Project.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

2014 and 2015 Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Certified E-Discovery Specialist & Member, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists

Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Executive Board Member and Next Generation Leader, American Constitution Society

Associate, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

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