Carissa M. Beecham


Carissa Beecham is an associate in the firm's Litigation group. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, representing both public and private clients in pre-trial discovery and motion practice through appeals, and in negotiating complex settlement agreements. She has specific experience in CEQA litigation, environmental contamination (groundwater, CERCLA and flood), consumer class actions, and land use law.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Carissa practiced as an associate with Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Best Best & Krieger LLP. In 2007, she was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, and served as a legislative research intern for a lobbying firm from 2003 to 2006.

Representative Work

  • Citizens for the Restoration of L Street v. City of Fresno (Aug. 29, 2014, F066498) __ Cal.App.4th __ (represented City and developer in upholding substantial evidence standard for designation of historical resources).
  • Defended corporation in unfair competition class action, resulting in successful demurrer and motion to strike and favorable pretrial settlement.
  • Successfully removed employment matter to California federal court and obtained transfer to Utah federal court for out of state defendant.
  • Obtained TRO and Preliminary Injunction limiting sale of collateral property pending satisfaction of loan, resulting in favorable early settlement of dispute.
  • Assisted internal investigation, including conducting interviews, summarizing documents, and preparing final report.
  • Defended municipality in complex groundwater contamination and toxic tort litigation, resulting in successful Motion for Summary Adjudication and pretrial settlement.
  • Represented municipality in CERCLA litigation.
  • Successfully defended public agency in writ action.
  • Successfully defended municipality in election law dispute, resulting in dismissal on demurrer and denial of motion for reconsideration.
  • Obtained favorable attorneys' fee award for municipality and successfully defended on appeal.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Board Member, U.C. Davis Law School Young Alumni Association
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member, Midtown Neighborhood Association
  • Member, Crocker Art Museum
  • Member, MetroEDGE


  • "California Buyer's Remorse Litigation: The Latest Round of ILSA Litigation is Further Complicated by California's Subdivided Lands Act" (coauthor), California Real Property Journal, Spring 2012


  • University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., 2007
    Order of the Coif, Top 5%
    Witkin Award, Criminal Procedure
    Judge Recruitment Chair, U.C. Davis Moot Court Board
    Member, Traynor Moot Court competition team
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., Political Science, 2004
    Academic Achievement Award, Political Science


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern and Northern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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