Anna-Rose Mathieson

Phone: (415) 649-6700 ext. 2

Anna-Rose Mathieson has handled bet-the-company appeals worth millions and even billions of dollars. She graduated first in her class from University of Michigan Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. After nearly ten years with the major national law firms of O’Melveny & Myers and Williams & Connolly, Anna-Rose brought her practice to the California Appellate Law Group so she could offer clients her top-flight skills as part of an appellate boutique.

With a broad range of experience, Anna-Rose has authored briefs in critical appeals on such varied topics as labor law, contracts, constitutional procedure, and arbitration. She understands cutting-edge technology issues, having litigated significant copyright and trademark appeals. She has worked on criminal cases in both state and federal courts, and taught criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School. And she knows how to obtain review at the highest level, having authored U.S. Supreme Court merits briefs and petitions for certiorari on a variety of legal subjects.

In addition to traditional appeals, Anna-Rose uses her appellate skills to help clients facing critical motions in major trial litigation. She also helps secure interlocutory appeals in federal court and works closely with the firm’s writ specialists on California writ petitions.

Anna-Rose attended Michigan law school as a Darrow scholar and graduated summa cum laude, winning the school’s highest honor (the Bates Scholarship) along with more than a dozen other awards. While in law school Anna-Rose served as Articles Editor and Symposium Coordinator for the Michigan Law Review, and after law school she clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then for Justice Ginsburg. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bard College, where she received the school’s highest honor at graduation.

Anna-Rose serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, and previously served as Co-President of that organization’s New Leadership Council. She is a barrister in the E.J.M. Inn of Court, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Section as well as the Amicus Committee of California Women Lawyers. She has presented a variety of CLEs to diverse audiences and spoken on issues of appellate law. She frequently appears on KGO radio to discuss breaking Supreme Court cases, and also writes articles for The Recorder, Daily Journal, California Litigation Review, and other legal publications. You can read a few of Anna-Rose’s articles by clicking here.

Some of Anna-Rose’s cases include work for clients as broad-ranging as:

  • a public utilities company in Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court ERISA litigation.
  • a nationwide chain of grocery stores in a Ninth Circuit trademark appeal.
  • a survivor of domestic violence in a California pro bono appeal.
  • a major airline in long-running labor relations litigation and a related Ninth Circuit appeal.
  • an entertainment studio in Ninth Circuit copyright appeals.
  • a pharmaceutical company in a California products liability appeal.
  • an individual homeowner in a Ninth Circuit appeal of an order forcing sale of a home.
  • a former president of foreign country in a federal Alien Tort Statute appeal.
  • an inmate deprived of property without due process, as court-appointed appellate counsel.
  • a computer parts manufacturer in a California antitrust appeal.

Anna-Rose also recently authored two U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs that received substantial news coverage. Her brief on behalf of the Guttmacher Institute in Zubik v. Burwell (see the brief here) was discussed and quoted by The Economist (click here for article), and her brief on behalf of numerous top corporate law professors in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association (see the brief here) received notable mention in The New York Times (click here for article).