Law School: University of San Diego School of Law
College: University of California, Irvine
Doe Plaintiff. v. Doe Defendants
While interviewing for a job, the plaintiff was pressured into having a celebratory drink with her new boss. The boss put drugs in her drink, incapacitated her and then took her to a hotel room and raped her. The plaintiff sustained serious physical and emotional damages. I obtained a confidential settlement.
Ana Baumgarten v. Mohammad Sad Erfani M.D., dba Spirit Lift Plastic Surgery
Baumgarten worked as a sales associate for Spirit Lift Plastic Surgery. Erfani made offensive sexual remarks and called her a slut. Baumgarten asked him to stop and he refused. Erfani made no offers. We tried the case and the jury returned a verdict for Baumgarten for $49,400.
I am proud of this case because it went back to the jury with zero evidence. It was a classic he said, she said. The odds of success were against us. However, I believed in my client and had faith that the jury would see the truth in her story – they did.
Jessica Klarer Pride has devoted her legal career to the representation of victims of sexual assault, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. With a B.A. in English from UC Irvine, Pride went on to graduate from USD School of Law. Prior to graduation, she garnered a position as a legal clerk at Girardi Keese in Los Angeles. She then was an associate for six years at Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, where she honed her legal advocacy skills. In 2013, Pride decided to venture out on her own and to join her husband at the Pride Law Firm.
Pride is the chair of the New Lawyers Division for the national trial lawyers’ association, the American Association for Justice. As chair, she oversees a division of more than 4,000 members and travels around the country every month to promote consumer rights. She sits on the board of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, which she has done for the past four years. Pride is the Consumer Attorneys of California Women’s Caucus San Diego Liason. She served as secretary and a board member for the San Diego County Bar Association New Lawyers Division.
Pride is dedicated to the Center for Community Solutions, an organization committed to the healing and prevention of sexual assault violence. Pride took a 60-hour sexual assault training course. With this knowledge and her legal skills, she assists victims in obtaining justice through civil litigation.
Pride is also supportive of the International Violence Against Women Act. She was just asked to speak at the upcoming conference about civil remedies available to sexual assault victims. Pride attended Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer College in September 2012. Pride is also dedicated to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. While on the SDCBA NLD Board, she chaired the Community Service Committee.
Pride is the first college graduate in her family and the first attorney. She is half Mexican and half Swiss, and a first-generation Klarer in the United States. She grew up in Orange County, and speaks English and Spanish.
In her spare time, Pride enjoys spending time with her husband, Dante Pride, and their 3-year old daughter, Nyah, and 1-year old son, Daxton. They enjoy watching movies in their backyard, dancing in the living room and laughing till their stomachs hurt.