Polly Towill

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


Polly Towill is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office, leader of the Toxic Torts and Product Liability team, and a member of the United States Law Firm Group's Litigation Committee. She is the Los Angeles Liaison for the Business Trial Practice Group. Ms. Towill was recognized by The Daily Journal 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 also regularly advises clients on preventative measures and risk management. Her varied practice includes representing clients in commercial transaction disputes, corporate compliance matters, whistle blower retaliation claims, and product recalls. She specializes in toxic tort and product liability litigation, financial institution and services matters, and construction claims. In addition, she performs internal investigations for her clients.

Ms. Towill defends class action matters in state and federal courts alleging securities violations, business torts, false advertising, violations of telephone recording statutes, and other claims.

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.


•Named one of the Los Angeles Business Journal's Most Influential Women Lawyers, 2017
•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


Successfully terminated product recall by Consumer Product Safety Commission against international manufacturer of electronic products.

Achieved complete victory for federal savings bank in state court action filed against it seeking over $400 million in damages for alleged breaches of acquisition, technology and consulting contracts; fraud; violations of banking regulations, security, and labor laws. After over three years of litigation, all causes of action were dismissed and client made no monetary payment and no modifications of business practices was required.

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

Represented Parsons in disputes with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and subcontractors for negligence and indemnity claims arising out of the Metrolink and Caltrans positive train control project.

Obtained dismissal of federal class action alleging violations of the California telephone recording statutes.

Represented toy manufacturer in numerous actions alleging injuries from exposure to chemicals.

Represented numerous clients in actions for alleged exposure to chemicals used in manufacturing facilities.

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.

Obtained dismissal of three product recall actions brought by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (“NHSTA”) acquitting client bus window manufacturer of all claims.

Handled investigation brought by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) based on consumer allegations of undercapitalization, faulty mortgage loans, etc.

Investigated alleged bank employee theft, resulting in discovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in false reimbursements.

Represented client in International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration against major United Kingdom defense contractor.

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

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.

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

Conduct investigations for Board of Directors concerning company's compliance with applicable regulations.

Representative Clients

Ms. Towill has represented such clients as BofI Federal Bank; Venoco, Inc.; MassMutual; Discount Tires; Parsons Corporation (and affiliates); 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; and Dale Poe Development Company.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Construction
  • International Reach
  • International Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Toxic Tort and Product Liability
  • Securities Enforcement

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213.617.5480  Phone
213.620.1398  Fax
University Attended:
The University of Connecticut, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981 Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University, J.D., 1985 The American Criminal Law Review
Year of First admission:
1985, California


•Los Angeles Bar Association
•United States Law Firm Group, Litigation Committee
•Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•American Bar Association

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    • 5.0/5.0
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