Southwestern University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude
Hon. Philip S. Gutierrez
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2007-08
Hon. Dzintra Janavs
Los Angeles Superior Court, 2006-07
Hon. Elena Highton de Norlasco
Supreme Court of Argentina
Judicial Extern, January 2006–May 2006
+ Prior Affiliations
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, 2008-19
+ Civic Involvement
Volunteer attorney for One Justice, providing legal assistance for immigration matters in isolated or rural communities
Volunteered for The Legal Aid Foundation, Domestic Violence Clinic
+ Bar Admissions
Admitted in California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Direct: (213) 335-7038
Dawn Utsumi is an experienced litigator with a focus on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients across a variety of areas, including structured finance disputes, trade secrets, contracts, insurance, intellectual property, mass tort matters and entertainment. She has successfully argued before both state and federal courts, and has extensive experience achieving favorable results through mediation.
Among recent matters, Dawn was a key member of a trial team that successfully litigated a four-week federal jury trial in Minnesota on behalf of a liquidating trust in an RMBS-related action arising from the defendant’s sale of defective mortgage loans. The action was among dozens of lawsuits consolidated in Minnesota and New York federal courts. The jury returned a $27.8 million verdict for the client, which combined with dozens of separate actions has resulted in over $1.3 billion in recoveries for the trust. She has also represented utility companies in lawsuits relating to multi-billion dollar claims arising from several California wildfires.
Prior to joining DTO, Dawn practiced at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP for ten years and clerked for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez of the United District Court, Central District of California. When not litigating, Dawn enjoys painting, practicing yoga and travelling to art museums around the world.