At the San Francisco firm of Mary Alexander & Associates, legendary trial attorney Mary Alexander and colleagues Jennifer Fiore and Sophia Aslami combine exceptional legal skills and a finely honed sense of compassion to equal results the biggest firms just can’t match.

Using her background as an environmental scientist with a master’s degree in public health, in 2014, Alexander, along with a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys, secured a whopping $1.15 billion verdict against three lead paint companies after more than 13 years of litigation and a five-week trial—money that the State of California will administer to remove lead paint from the homes in 10 cities and counties across the state. That’s on top of the hundreds of millions Alexander has recovered for clients over the course of her career, in cases involving car and truck accidents, balcony injuries, spinal cord injury, nursing home neglect, brain injury, and more. 

But while many plaintiffs’ firms rely on dollar amounts to gauge their success, Alexander looks at her work through a different lens: in the context of changing lives. And she uses every tool in her arsenal, from the latest in trial technology to the best medical and scientific experts in the country. But Alexander—named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 25 Plaintiffs Attorneys in California” in 2015, among many other accolades—knows that something else is at work: there’s no substitution for hard work, or the firsthand experience she has gained from a career spent in the courtroom.

“We’re advocates who seek justice for those injured through no fault of their own,” Alexander says. “We don’t stop until we get the answers our clients deserve.”