Adjunct Professor of Law
J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law
B.A., Stanford University (with distinction)
M.C. Sungaila is an appellate partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Orange County office. Professor Sungaila has successfully briefed and argued appeals raising cutting-edge and core business issues statewide as well as nationally and internationally. Fortune 500 companies and leading international human rights organizations have relied on Professor Sungaila, who has briefed, argued and won appeals in various subject areas, including those that have helped define the scope of the duty to warn sophisticated users of product hazards, set the guidelines for admitting expert testimony at trial, limited the reach of medical monitoring claims, clarified the standards for interstate enforcement of noncompete agreements and secured important rights for women and girls in California, nationally and internationally.
Professor Sungaila has received multiple awards and recognition for her work. Repeatedly named one of California’s Top Women Litigators by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, she is also one of a select group of women to receive the Frances E. Willard Award, Alpha Phi International Fraternity’s highest alumnae honor for professional achievement on a national and international level. In 2011, M.C. was the only lawyer named in OC Metro business magazine’s annual list of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Orange County.”
Her various articles on effective amicus briefing, appellate brief writing, and gender issues have been cited in over 35 law review articles, treatises and blogs, and appear as required reading on law school course syllabi throughout North America. Her expert commentary has appeared in a variety of publications ranging from the ABA Journal and National Law Journal to the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.