Elizabeth S. Balfour: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Elizabeth S. Balfour


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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and
  • Retail
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Digital Business
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences and FDA
University Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996
Law SchoolHarvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Admitted2001, California; United States District Court for the Southern District of California; United States District Court for the Central District of California


•Board of Directors, Center for Employment Opportunities

•Advisory Board Member, Genesis International Orphanage Foundation

•Vice President and Secretary, Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association (2008 - 2010)

•Board Member, Legal Aid Society of San Diego (2008 - 2010)

•Co-Chair, Children at Risk Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association (2004 - 2006)

•Fundraising Chair, Women's Resource Fair Task Force

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, Federal Bar Association

•Member, California Women Lawyers

•Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego


Elizabeth S. Balfour is a litigator and works out of the firm's Del Mar Heights (Northern San Diego) office.

Ms. Balfour handles complex commercial and securities litigation, class actions, and internal investigations. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Ms. Balfour represents healthcare, technology, and life sciences companies in cases involving contract disputes, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and products liability. She handles class action and creditor's rights cases for financial institutions and funds. She represents franchisors in franchise litigation and negotiations. Ms. Balfour has advised clients in response to investigations initiated by the Office of the Inspector General, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state Attorneys General. Her practice also involves advising clients on insurance coverage, document retention, and electronic discovery.


•AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

•2010 Recipient of Lawyers Club of San Diego's Community Service Award for exemplary leadership and dedication to serving the under-represented in the San Diego and cross-border communities

•2007 Recipient of the San Diego County Bar Association's Service to the Bar Award for extraordinary contributions towards the mission of the Bar Association

•2005 Recipient of San Diego Metropolitan's Forty Under 40 Award, which recognizes business and professional leaders in San Diego under the age of 40

•2005 Recipient of the Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for outstanding commitment to working in the community and providing legal services to the indigent

•2002 Recipient of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Distinguished Service Award

•2002 Recipient of the California Bar Association Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services


Served for one year as Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California


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Elizabeth S. Balfour

12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200 (Del Mar Heights)
San DiegoCA 92130


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