Leading Litigators

Litigator Profile - Roland Tellis, Partner, Baron & Budd, P.C.

Roland Tellis is head of Baron & Budd’s Class Action Practice Group and co-manages the Firm’s Los Angeles Office. His practice focuses on complex, high-profile litigation, including consumer class actions, financial fraud, business torts, corporate misconduct, automobile defect, food labeling, false advertising, securities fraud and environmental contamination. He has held leadership roles in numerous multi-state, complex class action cases and has represented clients in many jury trials, including several involving hundreds of millions of dollars. His legal expertise and track record of success has placed him in leadership roles for some of the country’s most high-profile cases, including:

  1. Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in In re: Wells Fargo Collateral Protection Insurance Litigation, a multi-state class action involving hundreds of thousands of consumers improperly charged for “forced placed” Collateral Protection Insurance.
  2. Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, a multi-state mass tort action filed by governmental entities against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids widely believed to be the largest MDL case in U.S. history.
  3. Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, a multi-state class action involving hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” designed to evade emissions laws. The PSC negotiated a settlement in excess of $14 billion.
  4. One of three lawyers appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, a multi-state class action involving millions of vehicles equipped with a defective airbag inflator resulting in the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history. The PSC negotiated a settlement in excess of $1.2 billion with certain automakers.
  5. Lead counsel in Bias v. Wells Fargo Bank, a certified nationwide RICO class action involving millions of mortgage loans. Negotiated a $50 million common fund, non-reversionary settlement.
  6. Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Class Action Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: S. Cal. Gas Leak Cases, JCCP No. 4861, a case involving the largest methane gas leak in U.S. history.
  7. Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, a multi-state class action involving vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” designed to evade emissions laws.Co-Lead counsel in In re: MyFord Touch Consumer Litigation, a certified multi-state class action involving hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with a defective “infotainment system.
  8. Appointed to the Executive Committee in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, a multi-state mass tort action filed by governmental entities against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids widely believed to be the largest MDL case in U.S. history.