Brian J. Malloy - The Brandi Law Firm

Brian J. Malloy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Brian Malloy is admitted to the bars of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington, D.C., along with numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He represents clients in state and federal courts in product liability matters involving aviation and aircrafts, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other defective products. Brian also represents clients in matters involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, dangerous condition of public property, elder abuse, consumer fraud and protection, select employment matters and class/collective actions.

Brian has experience in all areas of litigation, including all aspects of discovery, successfully obtaining and opposing summary judgment motions, trials to verdict in California and Nevada state courts as well as federal court, post-judgment enforcement proceedings, and appeals. Examples of some of his recent experience include:

  • $10,500,000 settlement on behalf of a pedestrian who was struck by a commercial truck while crossing the street, sustaining serious brain and physical injuries;
  • Appointed Collective Action Counsel in a national overtime action and obtained favorable ruling on the calculation of overtime owed to the employees. (Zulewski v. Hershey Co., 2013 WL 633402 (N.D.Cal. 2013));

  • Appointed Collective Action Counsel in a national overtime action and obtained summary judgment in favor of the employees holding that the employees were entitled to overtime pay (Campanelli, et al. v. The Hershey Company, 765 F.Supp.2d 1185 (N.D.Cal. 2011));

  • Substantial involvement at trial and on appeal regarding a $15 million jury verdict on behalf of man who was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a defective vehicle, which was affirmed by a federal appeals court (Pierson v. Ford Motor Company, 455 Fed.Appx. 966 (9th Cir. 2011));

  • Represented individuals injured in accidents involving commercial trucks, buses and taxi cabs, including $2 million settlement on behalf of a woman struck in a crosswalk by a bus; $1.3 million settlement on behalf of a taxi cab passenger injured in an accident; $700,000 settlement on behalf of a tourist injured while on a tour bus; $650,000 settlement on behalf of a woman injured in an auto accident; and settlement on behalf of a tourist/taxi cab passenger injured in an accident;

  • Represented families of aviation accident victims, including confidential settlements with government contractors on behalf of a family of military serviceman; family whose son was killed in an airplane crash during pilot training; families of firefighters who died in a helicopter crash; family of passenger who died in an airplane crash; and family of a passenger of foreign airliner who died in aircraft accident during international flight;

  • $463,550 jury verdict on behalf of helmeted bicyclist who sustained a concussion after being launched from her bicycle when defendant opened his door into her lane of travel; final judgment over four times insurance company’s final pre-trial offer;

  • Confidential FLSA collective action settlements involving California and federal law wage and hour claims;

  • Confidential settlements on behalf of employees against employers for overtime violations, meal and rest break violations, employment discrimination and retaliation; 

  • Represented families of victims of nursing home abuse, including obtaining settlements of $750,000, $500,000 and of confidential amounts;

  • Represented individuals injured by Actos, Fosamax, Avandia and Vioxx prescription drugs and Guidant and Medtronic medical devices;

  • Successful enforcement of an over $12 million judgment against government agency who refused to satisfy judgment even after being held in contempt of court.

Brian has also authored several articles on various aspects of litigation. Brian serves as volunteer General Counsel for The Tony Patiño Fellowship, a nonprofit organization that awards law-school scholarships at U.C. Hastings, the University of Chicago and Columbia University. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the National Trial Lawyers Association.  

Prior to joining The Brandi Firm, Brian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, earning Order of the Coif, and graduating as Valedictorian.  Brian is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, where he graduated summa cum laude. A native of Eureka, California where he graduated from Saint Bernard High School, Brian lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Areas of Practice

·         Product Liability

·         Severe Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

·         Elder Abuse

·         Class Actions

·         Consumer Fraud/Protection

·         Aviation

·         Defective Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices

Bar Admissions

·         California

·         Nevada

·         Arizona

·         District of Columbia

·         U.S. District Court Northern District of California

·         U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

·         U.S. District Court Central District of California

·         U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

·         U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

·         U.S. Supreme Court


·         University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

o    Honors: Valedictorian

o    Honors: Order of the Coif

o    Honors: Tony Patino Fellow

o    Honors: Thurston Society

o    Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal, Member

·         University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College

o    B.A. summa cum laude

o    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

o    Major: Political Science

o    Minor: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Person Most Qualified Deposition-Tools and Tips, CAOC Forum, March/April , 2016
  • The Attorney-Expert Work Product Protection Under the Federal Rules, Plaintiff Magazine, February, 2016
  • Using Deposition Testimony At Trial, The Advocate, January, 2016
  • Using Deposition Testimony At Trial, Plaintiff Magazine, February, 2015
  • Navigating Collective Actions, Plaintiff Magazine, November, 2013
  • Discovery and Deposition Practice In Federal Court, Plaintiff Magazine, November, 2012
  • Offensive Use of Summary Judgments: Knocking Out Affirmative Defenses, Plaintiff Magazine, July, 2011
  • Enforcing Judgments Against Local Public Entities in California, The Trial Lawyer, Summer, 2009
  • Effective Use of the PMK Deposition, The Trial Lawyer, Summer, 2008
  • Binding Interest Arbitration in the Public Sector: A 'New' Proposal for California and Beyond, 55 Hastings L.J. 245, Nov., 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

·         Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

·         American Association for Justice, Member

·         The Tony Patiño Fellowship, General Counsel and Board Member

·         Consumer Attorneys of California, Member

·         Northern California Chapter of UO Alumni Association , Treasurer and Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

·         Hon. Melvin Brunetti, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005

University of OregonBA 2001University of California-Hastings College of the LawJ.D. 2004
Bar Association of San FranciscoConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAmerican Association for JusticeNational Trial Lawyers Association

Office Location

354 Pine Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs