With MBL, you’re hiring not just a lawyer, but an entire team with more than 100 years of combined experience. Our attorneys work collaboratively on their cases. As the MBL law team includes some of the nation’s top legal specialists in their respective fields, this gives our clients an incredible advantage. The results speak for themselves.
Marilyn Bednarski is a partner at MBL. Marilyn began her career as a criminal defense lawyer in 1983 working with a death penalty defense lawyer in Los Angeles and joined the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles in 1984. Marilyn’s career has spanned public service and private practice.
Barry Litt graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and from UCLA Law School in 1969. As a young lawyer, he worked on the Pentagon Papers and Chicago Eight cases. For the first decade of his practice, he focused primarily on federal criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, during which he handled hundreds of matters, tried many cases ranging from immigration to murders, and handled numerous appeals.
David McLane is a partner at MBL, and fights hard for his clients. He specializes in criminal defense in both federal and state courts, as well as civil rights suits against police, jail and federal officials.
Lindsay Battles has been practicing law since 2008, focusing throughout her legal career on individual and class action civil rights cases relating to police misconduct, wrongful conviction, and jail conditions. Ms. Battles earned her J.D. at Northwestern University Law School in 2008. During law school, Ms. Battles interned at the ACLU National Drug Law Reform Project and the ACLU of Illinois.
Mr. LaHue received his undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley earning a double major in Legal Studies and Economics. He then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he received the Fritz Burns Scholarship awarded annually to the most outstanding entering student.
Caitlin S. Weisberg joined MBL Law in April 2011. Before joining the firm, Ms. Weisberg worked for Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Weisberg is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Laura Donaldson joined MBL in February 2019. She is an experienced litigation attorney specializing in civil rights and criminal defense work. Prior to joining MBL, Laura was with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, representing private and public clients in complex civil litigation matters in California state and federal courts.
Ben Shaw is an associate at McLane, Bednarski & Litt, where he litigates complex civil rights and criminal cases in trial court and on appeal. Before joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the Honorable Juliet J. McKenna of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Rodrigo Padilla is a fellow at McLane, Bednarski & Litt. As a student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, he took up every opportunity to provide representation and policy support to those in need, from migrants facing deportation to incarcerated people fighting for better conditions during the COVID pandemic. He also brings years of experience fighting deportations and for the improvement of the lives of detained and non-detained migrants. In his work with the firm, he is dedicated to helping his clients prevail in even the most complex of civil rights and criminal matters.