Shanda Beach

Shanda Beach

Founder, Managing Partner
Newport Beach, California

Ms. Beach has over 23 years of experience in a variety of complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts across the country, at the pretrial, trial and appellate levels, including arbitration and mediation.

Formerly with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Irell and Manella LLP, Ms. Beach focuses her practice on representing companies and individuals in business and commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and related business torts, fraud, trade secrets, unfair competition, insurance coverage, real estate litigation, trademark and copyright infringement, labor and employment, banking, and energy and pipeline contract disputes. Ms. Beach also has significant experience in securities litigation and accountant and attorney professional liability litigation.

Ms. Beach has represented clients in a wide variety of industries including accounting, power generation, software manufacturing, boat manufacturing, financial services, medical laboratories, physicians, banking, insurance, healthcare, real estate, Indian gaming, space and aerospace, restaurants, franchisors, commercial landlords and tenants, officer and directors of public companies and other individuals.

Representative trials include a multi-million dollar accountant professional liability in the Northern District of California and multi-million dollar pipeline and product liability in the Eastern District of California. Ms. Beach has successfully represented both individuals and businesses in hundreds of pretrial motions and hearings in state and federal courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Commercial Law
  • Employer Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1993
  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence summa cum laude - 1993
    • Honors: John H. Edwards Fellow
    • Law Review: Indiana Law Review, Associate Editor, 1991 - 1993
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • Bachelor of Science magna cum laude - 1990

Published Works

  • Co-author: “Liability of Developers and Contractors: If You Build It—They Will Sue”
  • Co-author: “Cost Reduction Measures that Impact the Quality of a Defense of the Ultimate Result in Litigation May Violate the Duty to Defend”

Honors and Awards

  • John H. Edwards Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Irell and Manella LLP


  • German