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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

Lacey L. Estudillo

Lacey L. Estudillo

Associate - San Francisco Office

How Lacey Helps Clients

Clients benefit from Lacey Estudillo’s thorough research and carefully written appellate briefs. Lacey Estudillo joined the firm in 2016 as part of Horvitz & Levy LLP’s two-year Appellate Fellowship Program. As an Appellate Fellow, Lacey participated in the drafting of briefs in the California Supreme Court and assisted other H&L attorneys with a variety of projects, including performing case-related legal research and developing articles for publication. In 2018, Lacey began her clerkship for Judge André Birotte, Jr. at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and then in 2019, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Carlos Bea. She returned to Horvitz & Levy in 2020 to begin her career as an appellate attorney.

Lacey graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Lacey was a member of the Moot Court Team, a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing, and a teaching fellow for the Academic Success Program. Lacey obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, cum laude, from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

In 2016, Lacey received the Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award for achievement in federal practice and procedure.

Lacey assists in co-editing and updating the firm’s Evidence Code section 1157 Manual and MICRA Manual.

Representative Matters

Pulliam v. USC (2022)
California Court of Appeal affirms defense verdict in wrongful termination action, rejecting plaintiff’s claims of jury misconduct, surprise, evidentiary and instructional error, and newly discovered evidence.

Davis v. Harano (2022)
California Court of Appeal affirmed jury verdict for insured in personal injury action, accepting Horvitz & Levy’s invited error and substantial evidence arguments.

Menera v. Mega R.V. Corporation (2018)
California Court of Appeal affirmed judgment for insurer and manufacturer of recreational vehicles after jury trial in products liability case, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims of attorney and juror misconduct and evidentiary and instructional error.

Hsu v. La Park La Brea LLC (2018)
Trial court granted a new trial in breach of contract action, finding jury made inconsistent findings on the verdict form and the non-economic damages award was excessive.

Vasilenko v. Grace Family Church (2017)
California Supreme Court reversed Court of Appeal’s conclusion that defendant owed a duty of care (filed amicus brief).


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2016
  • Pepperdine University
    B.A. Economics, cum laude, 2013


  • Hon. AndrĂ© Birotte Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations


  • Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award