Simona Agnolucci was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2015. She is a partner at Keker & Van Nest, where she specializes in high-stakes complex litigation, including intellectual property matters, class actions, white collar criminal defense and commercial disputes. In addition, she represents corporations and individual employees in internal investigations and investigations by the SEC and DOJ. Her clients have included medical device manufacturers, brokerage companies, investment advisors, smartphone manufacturers, “new economy” technology companies and leading law firms.
Ms. Agnolucci has an active pro bono practice, in which she primary represents women seeking asylum from gender-based persecution and unaccompanied immigrant children. Her groundbreaking pro bono work has been recognized by national media, including The New York Times.
Ms. Agnolucci graduated magna cum laude from UC Hastings in 2006 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Stanford University. Prior to entering private practice, she was law clerk to the Honorable William C. Canby, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and an extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable J. Anthony Kline of the California Court of Appeal.
Ms. Agnolucci is a member of the UC Hastings Alumni Association Board of Governors. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Services for Children and on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and OneJustice. She has received numerous professional awards, including the Recorder’s 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track award; the 2013 UC Hastings Rising Alumna of the Year award; the Northern California Rising Star award every year from 2010 through 2016; and the 2011 Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award for her extraordinary pro bono contribution to the Lawyers’ Committee’s Asylum Project.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Elias Batchelder ’06, and their two children.