Warren Metlitzky

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Yale University, B.A.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude

Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel,
Northern District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern District of California


Warren Metlitzky is a trial attorney and a founding partner of Conrad & Metlitzky. A former Assistant United States Attorney, Warren specializes in complex civil litigation and is an accomplished first-chair trial and appellate lawyer representing businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. He has successfully tried high-profile jury cases to verdict and has won arguments before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal.  Warren handles high-stakes civil matters in all stages, starting with prelitigation investigations and initial crisis management, and through dispositive motions, trial, and appeals.  Warren is often brought into ongoing litigation as lead trial counsel when cases approach trial. 

Warren’s litigation and trial experience covers a diversity of subject matters: cutting-edge sharing economy issues, contracts, fraud, copyright and trademark, class actions, employment discrimination, First Amendment, defamation and anti-SLAPP litigation, construction, real estate, professional malpractice, civil rights, constitutional law, and public corruption. Throughout his career, Warren has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including technology, health care, sports and entertainment, transportation and infrastructure, private equity and venture capital, and law enforcement. Warren’s practice also includes successful representations of individual CEOs, politicians and other high-profile defendants. 

Warren earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and defended criminal trials in county court. After law school, Warren clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California. After his clerkship, he practiced intellectual property and complex commercial litigation in San Francisco at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter). He then spent nearly a decade as a trial lawyer with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office handling dozens of civil jury trials and appeals, often in the glare of the public eye and the press. The County Counsel’s Association of California recognized Warren for his appellate work with its annual Litigation Award. 

Warren then joined the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, and was appointed as a Special Attorney to the United States Attorney General. At the Department of Justice, Warren led a working group on civil litigation with Silicon Valley companies on the Stored Communication Act and electronic privacy issues.

Warren is a leader in the San Francisco legal community and enjoys collaborating with colleagues and mentoring future trial lawyers. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Litigation Section and is a frequent speaker for continuing education programs. Warren coaches the UC Berkeley School of Law’s McGeorge Ethics Competition mock trial team, and guest lectures on trial advocacy at local law schools. He is on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Jewish Bar Association, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Federal Bar Association, and a Barrister in The Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.

Prior to law school, Warren taught middle and high school math in Los Angeles and Palo Alto public schools. Warren lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children, and an assortment of motorcycles.