Polly Towill: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Polly Towill


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Practice Areas

  • International Reach
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Litigation
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Toxic Tort and Product Liability
  • Construction and Infrastructure
University The University of Connecticut, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981 Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolGeorgetown University, J.D., 1985 The American Criminal Law Review
Admitted1985, California


•Member, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•American Bar Association


Polly Towill is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office and leader of the Toxic Torts and Product Liability team. Ms. Towill was recognized by The Daily Journal editors as one of the Top Women Litigators.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Towill has extensive experience in litigating complex business disputes in state and federal courts. She regularly advises clients on preventative measures and risk management. Her varied practice includes representing clients in commercial transaction disputes, financial institutions and services litigation, unfair business practice claims and fraud. She also handles insurance litigation, toxic tort litigation, product liability matters, real estate transactions, employment disputes and in performing internal investigations and audits.

In addition, Ms. Towill has defended class actions alleging various business torts, unfair competition, false advertising, violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, and others. She also has significant experience with government contract litigation, including defending contractors in False Claim Act actions (with parallel criminal proceedings).

Ms. Towill is the former law clerk to United States District Court Judge Manuel L. Real. While with the firm, she also worked as in-house counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she managed litigation and supervised outside counsel.


•Southern California Super Lawyer
•Named one of the Los Angeles Business Journal's Leading Environmental Lawyers in Los Angeles
•Named one of the Daily Journal's Top Women Litigators
•Finalist, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers In America, Lawdragon Magazine
•Received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating an attorney can receive for legal quality and ethics


Achieved complete victory for federal savings bank client in state court action filed against it seeking over $400 million dollars in damages for alleged breaches of acquisition, technology and consulting contracts; fraud; violations of banking regulations; security; and labor issues. After over three years of litigation, plaintiff received nothing.

Obtained dismissal for client of class action lawsuit in federal court alleging violations of the California telephone recording statutes.

Defeated on the eve of trial, a headline-making case spearheaded by Erin Brokovich alleging that client's oil facility caused cancer in Beverly Hills High School students.

Had a primary role in successfully arbitrating the first False Claims Act action decided by two federal judges in a unique baseball arbitration brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice.

Represented owner of a valuable Picasso painting in Nazi stolen art case in action simultaneously pursued in state and federal courts in California and Illinois by private parties and the United States government. After successfully defeating personal jurisdiction in California trial and appellate courts, matter settled after review granted by California Supreme Court.

Achieved a jury verdict on behalf of one of the state's largest commercial printers in a case against another commercial printer, its president and one of its sales people. Client was awarded damages for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition. A jury also found in favor of client on cross-complaints for slander, libel and interference with prospective business advantage. The case was tried in the Orange County Superior Court.

Represented real estate developer in several actions for fraud and breach of contract involving 100,000 acre ranch located in Central California.

Investigation for Board of Directors of gourmet meal company of compliance with organic food laws.

Representative Clients

Ms. Towill has represented such clients as BofI Federal Bank, Venoco, Inc., MassMutual, Discount Tires, Herbalife International of America, Inc., EinstOk Beer Company, H.C. Duke & Son LLC, Hehr, International, GlassWerks LA, Inc., PR Glass, Consolidated Graphics, Inc., Mattel, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Systems Company, Dale Poe Development Company and Hughes Aircraft Company.


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Polly Towill

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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