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Marco A. Pulido

Marco A. Pulido is a senior litigation associate in the Orange County office of Haynes Boone. Marco has litigated cases in state and federal courts around the country, at all stages of litigation and across a wide variety of practice areas—including appellate, commercial, insurance recovery, employment, and Cal/OSHA litigation.

Twice spotlighted with a “Ones to Watch” recognition in appellate practice by Best Lawyers in America, Marco has been instrumental in securing successful outcomes for clients involved in high-stakes litigation. Examples of this include:

  • Securing California Supreme Court review of a Court of Appeal decision refusing to enforce a forum selection clause.
  • Persuading a trial court to deny a writ petition challenging a company’s finance lender’s license, and to enter a take-nothing judgment in favor of the client.
  • Obtaining an affirmance on appeal of a trial court order staying a duplicative action on claim-splitting grounds.
  • Successfully briefing and arguing a motion to dismiss a counterclaim against a non-profit research institute.
  • Securing a full dismissal of a citation and its associated penalty in an appeal to the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board.
  • Convincing a New York federal court to deny an injunction under the federal interpleader statute.
  • Briefing victorious opposition to motion to dismiss an insurance recovery action in state court.
  • Assisting with an appellate reversal of a multimillion-dollar judgment, followed by a successful opposition to review before the California Supreme Court.
  • Winning summary affirmances in two Ninth Circuit cases involving claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
  • Achieving a full Ninth Circuit affirmance of a district court order denying a preliminary injunction in a case involving Fair Housing Act claims.
  • Delivering a Ninth Circuit affirmance of a summary judgment order dismissing breach of contract and trademark claims.

Before joining the firm, Marco served for two years as a federal judicial law clerk, where he gained an understanding of the judicial decision-making process and honed the skillset he now brings to the table for clients.

Marco has been involved in the legal community as well. He previously chaired the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section and served as one of three editors at the helm of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Journal.

Committed to pro bono work, Marco has devoted much of his time throughout the years to helping those in need. For example, Marco:

  • Successfully briefed and argued a California appeal resulting in a full reversal of a family court order improperly granting joint custody to a domestic-violence perpetrator.
  • Persuaded the Ninth Circuit to affirm an order allowing civil rights claims to proceed against Arizona prison officials invoking qualified immunity.
  • Participated in a Ninth Circuit appeal during law school in which he briefed and argued a pro bono case that resulted in a published decision—including a vigorous dissent—that paved the way for an en banc reversal of several cases applying unsound immigration law.
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  • Chair, Appellate Law Section, Orange County Bar Association (2021)
  • Chair-Elect, Appellate Law Section, Orange County Bar Association (2020)
  • Treasurer, Appellate Law Section, Orange County Bar Association (2019)
  • Editor, ABA Appellate Practice Journal (2019, 2020)
  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2022
  • “2019–2020 in Review: Notable Civil Cases from the California Supreme Court,” co-author, OC Lawyer Magazine (forthcoming).
  • "Global Litigation After the Coronavirus Pandemic," speaker, Thomson Reuter’s/West, May 18, 2020.
  • “Local Governments Have an Important Role in Fighting Coronavirus,” co-author, Law 360, March 15, 2020.
  • “Holocaust-Era Art and Property Recovery Claims After ‘Zuckerman,’” co-author, The Recorder, March 11, 2020.
  • Saturday Academy of Law, speaker, UC Irvine School of Law, February 15, 2020.
  • “The Next Wave of Global Litigation,” co-author, 87 Def. Counsel J. 1 (2020).
  • “LGBT Rights After Justice Kennedy: A Preview of the Three Title VII Cases Slated for the October 2019 U.S. Supreme Court Term,” co-author, Orange County Lawyer, Vo. 61, No. 10, p. 36, October 2019.
  • “OCBA New Attorney Academy: Specialty Practice Areas,” speaker, Orange County Bar Association, August 26, 2019.
  • “Spokeo v. Robins and the Wrinkle of Standing under State Law,” co-author, Washington Legal Foundation, August 22, 2019.
  • “The State of Article III Standing 3 Years After Spokeo,” co-author, Law 360, June 13, 2019.
  • “China Agritech Should Apply to State Class Actions,” co-author, Law360, April 11, 2019.
  • “2018 in Review: Notable Civil Cases From the California Supreme Court,” co-author, Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 61, No. 1, p. 31, January 2019.
  • “OCBA/Western State College of Law Open House and Section Specialty Day,” speaker, Orange County Bar Association, October 25, 2018.
  • “Accessing Legal News amid the Demise of Print Media,” author, Appellate Issues, Fall 2018.
  • “A Conversation on Effective Oral Advocacy,” moderator, OCBA Appellate Law Section, September 28, 2018.
  • “A Case Where Everyone Wins: Pro Bono Work and a Young Lawyer's Training,” author, ABA Appellate Practice, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 21, Spring 2018.
  • “Arbitration After 'Epic Systems v. Lewis': Implications for California Employers,” co-author, The Recorder, May 30, 2018.
  • “The Arbitrability Of Claims Arising Under PAGA,” co-author, Law 360, March 16, 2018.
  • “2017 Year in Review: Notable Published Civil Cases from the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three,” co-author, Vol. 60, No. 3, p. 56, March 2018.


J.D., University of California Irvine School of Law, 2015, cum laude; Executive Board, Notes Chair, and Lead Article Editor, UC Irvine Law Review

B.A., California State University Fullerton, 2012, summa cum laude


Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce J. McGiverin, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2015-2017

Legal Extern to the Honorable Richard M. Aronson, California Court of Appeal, 2015



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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

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Haynes Boone Lawyers Recognized as 2022 ‘Ones to Watch’
August 19, 2021

Seventy-five Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers are included in the 2022 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” directory this month. The Ones to Watch distinction is given to attorneys early in their careers in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the U.S. Nominated by peers in the industry, Ones to Watch recipients have been in practice for five to nine years. The fol [...]