MaryBeth handles appeals and motions in California and federal court.
MaryBeth offers a unique perspective, having spent more than a decade working in the federal courts. She has served as both an elbow and career law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Previously, MaryBeth worked as a capital habeas staff attorney at the Central District of California. There, she served as a law clerk in nineteen death penalty cases that were assigned to sixteen different judges. MaryBeth also practiced as a litigator at Caldwell Leslie, Newcombe & Pettit.
MaryBeth handles a variety of plaintiff-side civil appellate matters, as well as indigent criminal appeals. In addition, she assists civil trial lawyers with dispositive motions.
MaryBeth graduated from University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she served as Executive Senior Editor of the Southern California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. MaryBeth graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
In 2015, MaryBeth founded LippSmith Law.