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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Samantha D. Wolff

Samantha D. Wolff



  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries


Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.


Samantha represents both public and private sector clients in a variety of litigation, including insurance recovery disputes, putative and certified class actions, and civil rights matters, through all phases of litigation in federal and state court. Samantha assists policyholders in coverage disputes, specializing in dispute-resolution counseling and litigation. Samantha is also experienced in defending public sector clients in civil rights matters, including certified class actions relating to the constitutional delivery of medical care to incarcerated individuals and other alleged civil rights violations.

Samantha previously worked as a deputy attorney general in the California Office of the Attorney General where she defended high-ranking governmental figures and state corrections officials in civil rights litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2005)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2002)
Areas of Practice

Insurance Recovery | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Plata v. Brown. Samantha assists in this class action case against the State of California, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), relating to the delivery of medical care to California’s adult inmate population.

Valdivia v. Brown. Samantha represented the State in this class action against the CDCR and related entities, relating to the State’s adult parole revocation process, successfully arguing for decertification and termination of this nineteen-year-old class action.

L.H. v. Brown. Samantha assisted in successfully terminating this seven-year-old institutional class action case against the State of California, including the Division of Juvenile Justice. This case related to the revocation of juvenile parole.

Allen, et al. v. City of Oakland, et al. In September 2012, Samantha worked with the City of Oakland's City Attorney's office in this civil rights class action case involving allegations of police misconduct against the City's Police Department. Defense counsel successfully defended against placement of the Police Department into Receivership. Instead, the Federal Court appointed a Compliance Director to assist the City in attaining substantial compliance with the parties' Negotiated Settlement Agreement.


"White Paper on Preparing For & Surviving The Class Action Tsunami Aimed At The Senior Housing & Care Industry," co-author, Insurance Recovery Alert (September 2017)
"The Winn Case: A Game Changer for California's Senior Care & Housing Industry," co-author, Insurance Recovery Alert (August 2016)
"Insurers are adapting to the surge of elder abuse claims," co-author, Daily Journal Verdicts and Settlements (August 2016)
"Is your insurance coverage adequate?" co-author, Seniors Housing Business (April-May 2016)
"Costly and Damaging Cyberattacks: Who Will Pay, and for What?" Tech on the 20s (March 2016)
"Navigating Calif. Insurance Defense Settlements," co-author, Law360 (July 2015)
"Mandatory Skilled Nursing Hours Claims: Are You Covered?" co-author, Insurance Thought Leadership (July 2013)
"Where A Party Makes Two CCP § 998 Offers And Both Are Rejected (Or Lapse), The Second Offer Does Not Extinguish The First For Purposes Of Cost Shifting," Hanson Bridgett Litigation Law Update (March 2012)
"How to Keep Exempt Employees Exempt," California Assisted Living Association Bulletin (March 2009)


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