Rosemary Rivas appointed Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

November 27, 2023

Rosemary Rivas, a partner at Gibbs Law Group, has been appointed as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for the Northern District of California. She will serve for the 2024-2026 term. In this role, Rosemary will draw on her experience as a federal practitioner to assist the Ninth Circuit in improving the administration of justice, including working with the judges to facilitate communications between the federal bench and the bar.

Per federal statute, each of the thirteen U.S. Courts of Appeals may hold annual or biennial conferences of all its active judges to “consider[] the business of the courts” and advise on the “means of improving the administration of justice.” At these conferences, Lawyer Representatives voice their positions on topics of concern to the federal courts and make recommendations for the improvement of the courts, including offering constructive criticism of the way court function. In addition to these duties at the annual judicial conference, Lawyer Representatives are responsible for carrying the work of the conference back to the bar during the rest of the year by teaching, discussing, and implementing the positions of the conference.

About Rosemary Rivas

Rosemary has dedicated her legal career to representing consumers in complex class action litigation involving a wide variety of claims, from false advertising and defective products to privacy violations.

Rosemary serves in leadership positions in several large-scale complex class action cases and multi-district litigation. She is committed to obtaining justice for consumers and has recovered billions of dollars for her clients and the classes they represent. In 2018, Rosemary received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in the Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litigation, which resulted in a record-breaking settlement totaling more than $14 billion.

Rosemary is a fluent Spanish-speaker and previously served on the Board and as Diversity Director of the Barristers Club of the San Francisco Bar Association. She frequently presents at legal and industry-group conferences on developments in consumer protection and class action litigation.