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Krista L. Baughman

Litigation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   37 reviews

also known as Krista Lee Shoquist

  • State Years
    California - CA 14 years
    New York - NY 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Krista

Learn Krista’s areas of practice.

How can I protect my reputation against someone who is anonymously defaming me online? What steps should I take when a former employee has stolen my company’s trade secrets? Can the anti-SLAPP statute protect my right to free speech?

These are just a few of the important questions Krista helps her clients tackle on a daily basis. Krista’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, First Amendment rights and anti-SLAPP procedure, and privacy litigation.

As a partner of Dhillon Law Group with over a decade of experience in the courtroom, Krista has managed precedent-setting cases, including one that established that university Title IX proceedings are protected forums for speech under California's anti-SLAPP statute, and another that clarified the 9th Circuit standard for due process liability against police in crowd control situations. She and her team achieved a landmark settlement to ensure the First Amendment rights of students at UC Berkeley, and ended the use of unconstitutional policies in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of San Clemente on behalf of its citizens.

Krista represents corporations, high profile public figures, nonprofit organizations, gig economy companies, and private individuals alike. She is driven by the joy of helping people find solutions for the most stressful and high-stakes problems in their business and personal lives. Krista’s clients appreciate her insightful assessment of legal issues, her creativity in crafting a strategy that thinks three steps ahead, her attention to detail in the execution, and her integrity throughout.

Krista is admitted to practice in New York and California, and litigates in federal courts around the nation. She is proficient in French. On the weekends you can find her going on a family hike, experimenting in the kitchen, or debating legal issues with her husband for the fun of it.

Court Admissions:
• United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
• United States District Court:
• Central District of California
• Northern District of California
• Eastern District of California
• Southern District of California
• Middle District of Florida
• District of Massachusetts

Practice Areas:

• General and Complex Commercial Litigation
• Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets)
• First Amendment (Defamation, Trade Libel, and anti-SLAPP)
• Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
• Privacy Litigation
• Employment Law and Litigation

• Lehigh University, B.A. International Relations, magna cum laude
• Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude


Dhillon Law Group Inc.
177 Post Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA, 94108

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Posted by Jan | October 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Fast Resolve of My Matter
I contacted Krista to help me with a negative Yelp review from a former client that was (almost) completely made up of lies. Krista helped to resolve this matter in my favor within a few days. I am so glad that I reached out to her firm and that she was the attorney assigned to my case.
Posted by Billy | October 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I've had the pleasure (unfortunately) of working with Krista twice in the past year or so. Both times, I feel she provided excellent advice and performed at a high level. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind, Excellent, Professional
Krista was a joy to work with. She is an extremely knowledgeable advisor in this space. She did an incredible job realistically explaining each option available to us. Her work product was also impeccable and beautifully worded. We also appreciated her quick replies and attention to detail. We would absolutely retain her for future services.
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Posted by S. Barr | September 2, 2021
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Excellence in every aspect of her job ...
Krista is that very rare gem of an attorney who exceeds one’s expectations at each and every facet of her profession. I came to her with an important First Amendment case involving a government entity. Her enthusiasm to “fight the good fight” was immediately evident. Her grasp of the issues and attention to detail were impressive, as was the speed with which she evaluated the facts and issues. She communicates very effectively and responds quickly, both with the unexpected bonus of always being courteous and pleasant. At the same time, she has a strong writing voice which results in skillfully worded and firmly precise legal documents. Her initial assessment of the case proved to be entirely accurate, as well as completely successful. She approached the defendants aggressively, and swiftly negotiated a fully favorable outcome. There is no better endorsement than prompt success. I wholeheartedly recommend Krista to anyone needing professional and effective representation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2021
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Thorough, Knowledgeable and Honest
Krista agreed to take on a case involving libel and slander and advised me on what the potential outcomes would be with honesty and transparency. She has been extremely responsive to all my questions and concerns and even after I decided not to go forward with sending out the cease and desist letters, she continued to communicate with me regarding what our future steps could amount to. I highly recommend her to anyone who has been the victim of libel and slander either in a professional or personal capacity.
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Posted by Rajen | January 22, 2021
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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness
Helped us with a legal action that unfortunately we had to bring. We were very impressed with their professionalism, advice and helping us bring the matter to a satisfactory close.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2020
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Very helpful!
Krista was quick, thorough, and skilled in handling a situation that was emotionally charged and time sensitive. It involved sending a strong message, putting an organization on notice to prevent them from crossing a very important line. What made it particularly difficult is that the organization was a long-time ally. This made it particularity important to strike the right balance between friend and foe. Krista did a great job of doing just that and we are grateful. I would not hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2020
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Superior knowledge and professionalism
Krista is an outstanding attorney. She is exceptionally thorough. along with her team, Krista dealt with my case diligently and was mindful on the amount of money that I was spending. I would hire her again, if needed, without a doubt.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2020
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This is the law firm that will stand up for you in California!
Krista was punctual, precise, and thorough. She addressed our issue head-on while containing the scope of the conflict but also making it understood that there were teeth behind the message that we needed conveyed. Documents/letters were well drafted and delivered quickly. We needed someone to re-frame our situation and take control back; Krista was exactly the right lawyer for that.
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Posted by Jordan | April 29, 2020
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Very pleased
Very pleased with representation received by Krista Baughman. Her and her team were very responsive to my needs.
Posted by PG | April 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing speed, responsiveness and acumen
Krista is incredibly skilled and amazingly responsive. She was super quick in understanding the issue and getting it to resolution. She understood the issue from a personal perspective and was able to guide me with best options at each stage. She stood up for my rights and preferences while not hesitating to push back where necessary. You would be in amazing hands working with Krista and in general with the Dhillon Group. I had worked with Harmeet before and Krista is equally impressive in her field.
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Posted by Rob | December 14, 2019
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Awesome Attorney
Krista was very professional. She saved me quite a bit in attorney fees giving the situation and how angry I was at the time. I got an good outcome for my situation using her approach for a cease and desist letter.
Posted by Brad | October 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Krista defends First Amendment Rights
After several residents of San Clemente were removed from the Council meeting, denied the right to speak during meetings, denied the right to address individual council members, and were subject to interruption and were denied access to city documents, we retained the Dhillon Law Firm to safeguard our constitutional rights. Krista was the lead attorney. While she met great resistance from the City Attorney, over a few months she successfully negotiated a complete victory for her clients including recovery of her law firm’s fees. It was a pleasure being a client as her professional ability was extraordinary. She was able to successfully navigate the constant city attorney obstacles. She always consulted each of the three plaintiffs before moving forward on very complicated negotiations. In any event she is s go-to attorney regarding various constitutional rights. I recommend her highly.
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Posted by Kamila Staryga | July 11, 2019
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Review of the employment agreement at the startup
I really enjoyed working with Krista. She understood my situation very quickly and knew exactly what are the most important aspects that her team needed to focus on. They worked very effectively and we got everything done in less than a week. We kept the conversation online and everything worked our smoothly. I very much look forward to working together again.
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Posted by Kamran | November 1, 2018
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Krista represented us in a commercial contract dispute case. She is smart, diligent, resourceful, caring, and an absolute joy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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Thorough, smart and easy to work with
I hired Kritsa based on the reviews here and was happy I did. Though the circumstances beyond our control resulted in an unsatisfactory outcome, Krista did her best on my behalf. I'd work with her again.
Posted by colby | September 25, 2017
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In good company - caring, intelligent and exceptionally thorough
Krista took on my case where a business relationship had gone sour - she did so with the utmost professionalism, integrity and class I could imagine. I appreciated her quick, yet thorough communication, her understanding of the strengths and weaknesses for both sides of an argument, and felt she truly cared about my well being through this long ordeal. The result is a new agreement which is clear and concise in how we'll conduct our business partnership going forward.
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Posted by Rebecca | July 6, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney
Krista represented me in an anti-SLAPP case and I couldn't have imagined a better experience. She was consistently thorough, professional, and incredibly knowledgeable about relevant caselaw. She was also extremely generous and helpful in guiding me through the process. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by Frank | January 6, 2017
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Fantastic Litigation Attorney
Our company, as well as many other defendants, was involved in a 4+ year class action lawsuit. Krista and her team did an excellent job of defending our position and managing us through the never ending process, while always being very mindful of time & costs. I would highly recommend Krista, and would definitely use her services again.
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Posted by Ashish | July 2, 2015
Most diligent, extremely knowledgeable, and very caring - very fortunate to be represented by Krista
Litigation can be very tricky, tedious, extremely stressful and a huge unwanted financial commitment however, Krista guided me through the process even when the situations were mostly unfavorable. She was calm, collected and gave me the encouragement needed to stay strong and positive. I am aware that a substantial amount of hours went in fighting the case and there were countless deadlines that required a lot of paperwork, she stepped up to the plate each time delivering exceptional work. She put in the constant effort needed during the entire year my case was in progress. Krista and Harmeet helped me winning each and every motion even at times when the odds didn't seems to be in our favor. I don't believe it was just a stroke of luck but I attribute it to 100% skills and emphasizing on my case strong points. I dealt with her on a regular basis and to know she had my best interest at heart was very comforting. Her deep understanding of the Intellectual Property knowledge proved to be substantially beneficial as the final outcome was in our favor. I can't thank her enough for leading me through the difficult time with constant professionalism and significant advice at every turn. In the end, her aggressively smart negotiations helped finalize the case.
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Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Dhillon & Smith
  • 2009 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Bloomberg Finance LP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Summer Associate
  • Condon & Forsyth LLP
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Brooklyn Law School
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • Lehigh Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Opperman et al. v. Path et al.
  • Achieved dismissal of 17 out of 18 claims against mobile application developer in federal privacy class action lawsuit involving Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking leaders as defendants.
  • Woodell v. Bernstein et al.
  • Created new law and achieved case dismissal through winning terminating sanctions motion on behalf of defamation defendants.
  • Republican Party of Los Angeles County, et al. v. Barnett, et al.
  • Outcome: Judge granted special motion to strike under California anti-SLAPP law and dismissed case, awarding substantial attorneys' fees and costs.


  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • ReutersNEXT Virtual Global Conference
  • Creating a Matrix for Truth in Social Media
  • 2021
  • Thomson Reuters Institute
  • Sound and Fury: Morality, Ideology and the Rise of "Cancel Culture"
  • 2020
  • Strafford MCLE Presentation
  • Battling Corporate Internet Trolls: Going After Imposters and Competitors That Break the Law
  • 2020
  • UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Free Speech Panel
  • 2017
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Free Speech Panel
  • 2017
  • PLI Presentation
  • Protecting Your Client from Damaging, Anonymous Internet Content
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Litigation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mrs. Baughman on several litigation and Libel/slander cases for over a decade. We look no further. Mrs. Baughman is professional, knowledgeable and a bulldog when it comes to advocating for her clients. If and when our firm's clients need legal representation that falls within Mrs. Baughman's legal wheelhouse - they are given one referral - Mrs. Krista Baughman."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Krista is an expert in defamation law. Many attorneys in our firm consult with her when any potential case involves defamation or could implicate anti-SLAPP or 1st Amendment concerns. Additionally, she is a pleasure to work with on a personal level. I highly recommend her."
Libel and slander Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Krista is an excellent, professional, and thorough litigator. I have had the opportunity to work with her on a number of cases, with issues ranging from 1st Amendment concerns, to privacy law, to trade secret misappropriation. In each of these instances, under Krista’s leadership, we were able to resolve the matter to the client’s satisfaction. Krista’s litigation “instinct” is one of the best in the industry. Krista is also an excellent supervisor and provides mentorship to junior attorneys. Over the years, I have learned a great deal from her in terms of the law, litigation strategy, and general legal practice."
Libel and slander Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Krista is a brilliant 1st Amendment and defamation lawyer. She understands the limits of defamation and when the 1st Amendment will or will not protect speech. Her success record handling anti-slapp motions (both as plaintiff and defendant) is unparalleled. I call her immediately with any potential slander claims."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have very much enjoyed working with Krista on commercial litigation and defamation matters in state and federal courts over the past year. Most recently, we worked closely together in preparation for a jury trial in which Krista was the lead associate handling all aspects of the case. Krista is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in defamation, privacy, and First Amendment law. It has been a pleasure to learn from her guidance. I also routinely seek Krista's advice on matters of litigation strategy. I highly recommend Krista as an effective, efficient attorney who has a great deal of experience in commercial, intellectual property, privacy, and First Amendment litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Krista is an excellent, diligent, poised, professional, determined and effective litigator with the independence to handle many matters effectively and the experience to deal directly with clients, opponents and the court. She is a great asset to our firm."
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San Francisco Litigation Lawyer Krista L. Baughman
Krista L. Baughman
Litigation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 15 years