Associate, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Significant complex multi-party litigation experience with an emphasis on antitrust price-fixing, product liability and nationwide class action cases on behalf of consumers. Ms. Grivas develops successful litigation theories and strategies, drafts legal motions and handles all aspects of large-scale multi-firm case discovery.
Ms. Grivas’ contributions to the firm have included:
- Member of In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation team
- Drafted interrogatories and discovery motions, managed multi-firm review and oversaw in-house deposition preparation in In re Toyota Motor Corp. Sudden, Unintended Acceleration matter
- Extensive discovery work in an anti-trust case brought against several of the world’s largest manufacturers of TFT-LCD products
- Part of team working on class-action litigation brought by collegiate student athletes who suffered concussions/traumatic brain injuries
- Litigation against a large, publicly traded medical waste disposal company on behalf of small businesses
- Nationwide class-action cases brought by homeowners with catastrophic property damage claims against makers of water connectors
- Litigation involving the world’s largest fruit and vegetable company, claiming it misled consumers about its environmental record
- NCAA Concussions – part of HB legal team whose efforts resulted in settlement providing medical-monitoring program for current and former student-athletes, sweeping changes to the NCAA’s approach to concussion treatment and prevention, and a $5 million concussion research fund
- In re Toyota Motor Corp. Sudden, Unintended Acceleration – part of HB legal team that obtained record settlement on behalf of auto purchasers
- In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation – part of HB legal team that obtained settlement on behalf of TFT-LCD product purchasers
- Trabakoolas v. Watts Water Technologies, Inc. – part of HB legal team that obtained settlement on behalf of customers
- Dole Bananas – part of HB legal team whose efforts resulted in settlement on behalf of local communities in Guatemala
Ms. Grivas has a long-standing dedication to legal advocacy on behalf of traditionally underrepresented groups. She is a former co-chair of an organization that helps prepare Violence Against Women Act self-petitions on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, has represented refugees with disabilities in INS administrative proceedings, worked as an advocate for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, and has visited womens’ shelters to conduct public assistance trainings.
As a summer law clerk, Ms. Grivas worked on The Arc of Washington State, et al. v. Quasim, et al., a significant case brought on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities. She was tasked with researching and constructing a legal argument against the state of Washington’s claim of deliberative process privilege, and her work helped expose a state audit report containing what the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described as “damning revelations” regarding the state’s limited oversight of services for disabled individuals.
Ms. Grivas also has a strong technical background, incorporating over a decade of electronic discovery institutional knowledge, and has seven years of experience in litigation impacting the software industry, including work in the compliance phase of US v. Microsoft.
- Board of Directors, King County Washington Women Lawyers
- UW School of Law Professional Mentor Program
- Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- Solid Ground/Fremont Public Association
- Public Interest Law Association
- Women’s Law Caucus
- Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
- American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
- KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics Program
- Ms. Grivas has been recognized by the University of Washington’s law school for her commitment to advocacy on behalf of the public interest, and was awarded the university’s annual dean’s list award for high scholarship.
- In 2014 the In re Toyota Motor Corp. Sudden, Unintended Acceleration team was recognized by Public Justice for its work on behalf of auto consumers.
Media Interviews and Commentary
- “Is it time to give baseball fans greater protection?,” Democrat & Chronicle, (Quoted), Aug. 11, 2015
- “An Unreal Dream: The Impact of DNA Technology on the American Criminal Justice System,” De Novo, XVI.IV, 2002
Ms. Grivas is a lifelong musician who has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Northwest Orchestra Festival, the Nippon Kan theater and as principal violinist and concertmaster with a local symphony orchestra.