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ANGEION'S LEADING LITIGATOR VIDEOS

The Angeion Group Leading Litigator Series presents the views and insights of some of the brightest legal minds of the class action bar.

LITIGATOR ARCHIVE

Daniel Girard

Roland Tellis

Norman E. Siegel

Paul G. Karlsgodt

Ariana Tadler

Nicholas Chimicles

Keara Gordon

Joseph Tabacco

Eric Gibbs

Ted Frank

Paul Bland

Timothy Blood

Mark Mester

Paul Geller

Neal Marder

Steve Berman

Jay Edelson

Richard Goetz

Steig Olson

Eric L. Cramer

Michael Mallow

Todd C. Jacobs

Joe Siprut

Adam J. Levitt

Shon Morgan

J. Gordon Cooney

Beth Terrell

Deepak Gupta

RAPID FIRE ARCHIVE

Daniel Girard

Roland Tellis

Norman Siegel

Paul Karlsgodt

Ariana Tadler

Nicholas Chimicles

Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr

Eric Gibbs

Paul Bland

Timothy Blood

Mark Mester

Paul Geller

Neal Marder

Steve Berman

Richard Goetz

Steig Olson

Jay Edelson

Eric L. Cramer

Michael Mallow

Joe Siprut

Adam J. Levitt

Shon Morgan

J. Gordon Cooney

Beth Terrell

Deepak Gupta

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LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - DANIEL C. GIRARD, PARTNER, GIRARD SHARP

Under Daniel Girard’s leadership, Girard Sharp has become one of the most respected and experienced class action law firms in the United States. Dan believes that, too often, the U.S. legal system favors companies and financial institutions over ordinary people. He founded the firm to provide individuals who work hard and play by the rules the same focused, dedicated representation enjoyed by corporations, banks, and insurance companies.

Dan is frequently appointed by courts to lead major complex cases. For example, he served as a lead lawyer for securities investors following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and as lead counsel for commodities investors following the failure of the Peregrine Financial Group. In addition, Dan has successfully prosecuted numerous cases for violations of consumer fraud, predatory lending, and unfair competition laws.

Dan’s current case work includes serving as lead counsel in the Woodbridge Investments Litigation, as a member of the leadership team in the USC Student Health Center Litigation, as lead counsel in the United States Office of Personnel Management Data Breach class action, and as lead counsel for the California Teachers’ Retirement System in litigation against Walmart for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Dan’s past and present clients include the California Teachers Retirement System, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, the American Federation of Government Employees, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Allianz Life Insurance Company, Nu Skin International Inc., and celebrity photographer Gunter Sachs.

Dan considers it a privilege to serve the federal court system as a volunteer. He was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and served on the Civil Rules Committee from 2004 through 2010. Chief Justice John G. Roberts appointed Dan to the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure in 2015 and reappointed him to a second term in 2018. Dan’s article, “Limiting Evasive Discovery: A Proposal for Three Cost-Saving Amendments to the Federal Rules”, 87 Denver University Law Rev. 473 (2010), proposed several rule amendments that were ultimately adopted in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2).

Dan was educated in France as well as the United States and is fluent in French.

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.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - NORMAN E. SIEGEL | PARTNER, STUEVE SIEGEL HANSON LLP

Norman E. Siegel litigates high-stakes cases for companies and individuals. He has earned a reputation locally and nationally for his ability to strategize, negotiate and deliver results. He has successfully tried to verdict a wide range of cases, obtaining several multimillion-dollar jury verdicts, and has obtained some of the largest settlements in the country.

He concentrates his practice in three principal areas: Business Litigation, Data Breach and Privacy, and Class Actions.

Norm successfully deploys the firm’s contingency fee business litigation model in bet-the-company and “David vs. Goliath” matters involving intellectual property, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation and more. In one such matter, he prosecuted a groundbreaking antitrust case on behalf of Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital, which claimed the region’s dominant hospital systems conspired to prevent it from obtaining in-network provider contracts. After Norm secured a key admission from a defense witness, Heartland settled with all defendants.

He also serves as lead counsel in the federal multidistrict litigation alleging Equifax compromised the personal information of more than 148 million Americans in a 2017 data breach. More than 250 cases were filed against Equifax, and Norm was selected lead counsel over scores of other applicants. A leader in this burgeoning field of law, Norm has prosecuted data breach claims against Target Corp., The Home Depot Inc. and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and he is the co-founder of the American Association for Justice’s data breach and privacy group.

In class action, Norm’s recent work includes multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of consumers who were overcharged for life insurance policies. In Vogt v. State Farm Insurance Co., Norm delivered the closing argument to the jury that returned a $34 million verdict for Missouri owners of State Farm life insurance. Norm also served as lead counsel in Larson v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co., a nationwide class action that ultimately settled for $59.75 million just before trial.

Norm began his career as an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where he gained a broad range of experience in complex litigation. He was later named partner at the firm now known as Dentons before starting Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2001.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - PAUL G. KARLSGODT

Paul Karlsgodt serves as the leader of BakerHostetler’s class action defense team, and has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting-edge area of data privacy on behalf of companies and organizations in a variety of industries, including the insurance, healthcare, consumer and education sectors. A thoughtful and trusted leader, he has served as lead counsel for defendants in class action litigation arising out of data breach incidents of all sizes and affecting various industries and governmental entities. Paul has led or is leading the defense of more than a dozen different data breach class action matters over the past year alone and has achieved success for clients in a number of high-stakes cases.

Recognized by Chambers USA in Litigation, Paul was also named a Law360 Privacy MVP (2014 and 2015) and a National Law Journal “CyberSecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer.” He previously served as the Denver office Litigation Group coordinator. He is the editor of and primary contributor to www.ClassActionBlawg.com, which covers global and national class action-related issues such as decisions, trends, best practices, news and reform. Paul is also a frequent speaker on class action law.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - ARIANA TADLER

Ariana Tadler, now Founding Partner of Tadler Law LLP, has over 25 years of experience litigating and managing complex securities and consumer class actions, including high profile, fast-paced cases and, most recently, widely publicized data breach litigations. Ms. Tadler is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on electronic discovery and pioneered the establishment of an E-Discovery Practice group within a plaintiffs’ firm structure more than 15 years ago. Ms. Tadler was recently appointed by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts to serve on the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee. Additionally, she has been appointed by Committee Chair, Judge John D. Bates, to the subcommittee tasked with reviewing and considering potential civil rules for multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - NICHOLAS E. CHIMICLES

Mr. Chimicles has been lead counsel and lead trial counsel in major complex litigation, antitrust, securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty suits for over 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2017), an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and scholars whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Mr. Chimicles is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia School of Law.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - KEARA M. GORDON, PARTNER, CO-CHAIR, CLASS ACTION LITIGATION PRACTICE GROUP, DLA PIPER

Keara Gordon’s practice includes the defense of class actions across a variety of substantive areas, including consumer, securities, privacy and insurance litigation in a myriad of industries; financial and corporate litigation and counseling; corporate governance litigation; and internal investigations. She has been involved in appeals to the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the appellate courts of New York, DC, Delaware and Maryland.

Keara is a member of the firm-wide Policy Committee and the Partner Nominating Committee and is co-chair of the Class Action Litigation Practice Group. Keara is on the board of directors of MAC Angels, a non-profit corporation that helps families coping with ALS and coaches her daughter’s mock trial team, which in their first year of competition won first place in the 2017 Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - JOSEPH J. TABACCO, JR., PARTNER, BERMAN TABACCO

Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr., the founder of Berman Tabacco’s San Francisco office, actively litigates antitrust, securities fraud, commercial high tech and intellectual property matters.

Since entering private practice in the early 1980s, Mr. Tabacco has served as trial or lead counsel in numerous antitrust and securities cases. Prior to 1981, Mr. Tabacco served as senior trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in both the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York.

Since 2008, Mr. Tabacco has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors of Overstock.com, a publicly traded company internet retailer. He is Chair of the Board’s Corporate Governance Committee and also serves as a member of the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees. He also frequently lectures and authors articles on securities and antitrust law issues and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mr. Tabacco is a former teaching fellow of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., and has served on the faculty of ALI-ABA on programs about U.S.-Canadian business litigation and trial of complex securities cases.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - ERIC GIBBS, MANAGING PARTNER, GIBBS LAW GROUP LLP

Eric Gibbs prosecutes consumer protection, whistleblower, antitrust, and mass tort matters. He has been appointed as lead counsel, class counsel, and liaison counsel in dozens of contested, high profile class actions and coordinated proceedings, and currently serves in leadership positions in In re Am. Honda Motor CR-V Vibration Litigation, In re Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, In re Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases, In re Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation, and In re Vizio, Inc., Consumer Privacy Litigation.

Eric has recovered nearly a billion dollars for the clients and classes he represents, and has negotiated groundbreaking settlements that resulted in meaningful reforms to business practices, and have favorably shaped the laws impacting plaintiffs’ legal rights.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - TED FRANK, SENIOR ATTORNEY, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS, COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

Theodore H. Frank is a senior attorney and the director of CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF). Before it merged with CEI in October 2015, he founded and ran CCAF as a non-profit, public interest law firm in 2009.

Frank has won several landmark appeals and tens of millions of dollars for consumers and other plaintiffs through his class action work. Adam Liptak of The New York Times calls Frank “the leading critic of abusive class action settlements” and the American Lawyer Litigation Daily referred to him as “the indefatigable scourge of underwhelming class action settlements.”

Previously, Frank clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a litigator for 10 years until winning a sizable windfall from the 2004 World Series of Poker. He also served as the first director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Legal Center for the Public Interest. Frank is a frequent public speaker and has testified before Congress multiple times on legal issues. He has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ, and the ABA Journal, among other publications.

In 2008, Frank was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. Frank graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 1994 with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the state bars of California and Illinois.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - F. PAUL BLAND, JR.

F. Paul Bland, Jr., Executive Director, has been a senior attorney at Public Justice since 1997. As Executive Director, Paul manages and leads Public Justice’s legal and foundation staff, guiding the organization’s litigation docket and other advocacy.

As staff and senior attorney, he was responsible for developing, handling, and helping Public Justice’s cooperating attorneys litigate a diverse docket of public interest cases. Paul has argued and won more than 30 cases that led to reported decisions for consumers, employees or whistleblowers in six of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the high courts of nine different states.

Paul has presented at more than 100 continuing legal education or professional conferences in more than 25 states; has testified in both houses of Congress, several state legislatures and administrative agencies; has been quoted in more than 100 periodicals throughout the country and has appeared in several radio and TV stories.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - TIMOTHY G. BLOOD

Mr. Blood is the managing partner of Blood Hurst & O’Reardon, LLP. His practice has focused on complex litigation, including class action litigation, since the early 1990’s. Mr. Blood has tried class action cases and is highly regarded in the field of consumer protection law, including California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act.

Mr. Blood has represented millions of retail consumers, holders of life, automobile and homeowner insurance policies, mortgagors, credit card customers, homeowners, and victims of race discrimination. He practices in both state and federal courts throughout the country, and has represented the interests of consumers formally or informally before the Federal Trade Commission, the California Department of Justice, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office and the California Department of Insurance. He has worked with the Federal Trade Commission to obtain record setting recoveries for consumers. In In re Skechers Toning Shoes Prods. Liab. Litig., Mr. Blood’s work with the Federal Trade Commission resulted in the largest consumer recovery in a false advertising action in FTC history.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - MARK S. MESTER

Mark Mester has extensive experience in class action litigation and served for five years as Global Chair of the firm’s Consumer Class Action Practice Group.

Mr. Mester has been lead counsel in over 200 consumer class actions over the course of the last 20 years. Mr. Mester is presently lead counsel in numerous consumer class actions pending in Illinois, California, Florida and Missouri.

For many years, Mr. Mester was a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee and Pro Bono Committee.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - PAUL J. GELLER

Paul Geller has obtained substantial recoveries for defrauded consumers and investors, and has received numerous awards for his work in class action litigation.

Paul Geller, Managing Partner of the Boca Raton, Florida office, is a Founding Partner of the Firm, a member of its Executive and Management Committees and head of the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group. Geller’s 23 years of litigation experience is broad, and he has handled cases in each of the Firm’s practice areas. Notably, before devoting his practice to the representation of consumers and investors, he defended companies in high-stakes class action litigation, providing him an invaluable perspective. Geller has tried bench and jury trials on both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ sides, and has argued before numerous state, federal and appellate courts throughout the country.

Geller was recently selected to serve in a leadership position on behalf of consumers in the massive Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions case pending in San Francisco. This notable appointment came after a record-setting application process in which over 150 attorneys sought the court’s designation as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. The San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder labeled the group that was ultimately appointed, including Geller, a “class action dream team.”

Other noteworthy recent successes include a $265 million recovery against Massey Energy in In re Massey Energy Co. Sec. Litig., in which Massey was found accountable for a tragic explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Geller also secured a $146.25 million recovery against Duke Energy in Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp., the largest recovery in North Carolina for a case involving securities fraud, and one of the five largest recoveries in the Fourth Circuit.

Additionally, Geller was the lead counsel in Kehoe v. Fidelity Fed. Bank & Trust, one of the country’s first cases alleging a class-wide privacy violation, settling the case for a $50 million recovery in addition to enhanced privacy protections. More recently, he was one of the lead counsel in the Sony Gaming Networks Data Breach litigation, which resulted in significant monetary recovery and other benefits to class members. Geller was also instrumental in resolving a case against Dannon for falsely advertising the health benefits of yogurt products.

Geller has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available), twice named one of the nation’s top “40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal, and has been named one of “Florida’s Top Lawyers” by Law & Politics and South Florida Business Journal. He has also been named of the nation’s “Top 500 Lawyers” by Lawdragon, one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and one of “Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers” by American Law Media’s Daily Business Review.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - NEAL MARDER

Neal Marder concentrates his practice on complex business, high-profile, and oftentimes bet-the-company commercial litigation, white collar, securities, internal investigations and intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on the defense of consumer fraud class and mass actions.

Mr. Marder maintains a diverse civil litigation practice and handles disputes in federal and state courts across the country and around the world involving business and consumer torts, intellectual property, securities, white collar, RICO, antitrust and unfair competition.

He is one of the preeminent litigators in the United States and maintains an extensive cross-border litigation practice representing and litigating against foreign companies, auditors and individuals in securities fraud, shareholder derivatives and other litigation. On numerous occasions, he has achieved outstanding results for his clients including dismissals at the pleading stage, rulings striking entirely or narrowing class claims, decisions denying class certification, and highly favorable nationwide, global or state specific class action settlements in cases representing a wide range of clients, including major restaurant chains, medical care product suppliers, certified public accountants, beverage distributors and a post-natal supplies company.

Mr. Marder lead the trial team that secured a $42.5 million jury verdict, including $30 million in punitive damages, on behalf of a California-based distributor of home comfort products in a federal lawsuit against one of the world’s largest manufacturers of air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The verdict led the “Top Plaintiff Cases” section of the Daily Journal’s “Verdicts & Settlements” report, ranked 45 on the “Top 100 Verdicts of 2015” and was listed as the top verdict in Business Law in The Recorder’s California’s “Million Dollar Verdicts.”

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - STEVE BERMAN

Steve Berman served as lead counsel for the largest settlement in world history against Big Tobacco, the largest automotive settlement, the largest antitrust settlement, the largest ERISA settlement and, at the time, the largest U.S. securities settlement in U.S. history.

He represents consumers, investors and employees in large, complex litigation held in state and federal courts. Berman’s trial experience has earned him significant recognition and led The National Law Journal to name him one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the nation, and to repeatedly name Hagens Berman one of the top 10 plaintiffs’ firms in the country.

Berman co-founded Hagens Berman in 1993 after his prior firm refused to represent several young children who consumed fast food contaminated with E. coli—Steve knew he had to help. In that case, Steve proved that the poisoning was the result of Jack in the Box’s cost cutting measures along with gross negligence. He was further inspired to build a firm that vociferously fought for the rights of those unable to fight for themselves. Berman’s innovative approach, tenacious conviction and impeccable track record have earned him an excellent reputation and numerous historic legal victories. He is considered one of the nation’s most successful class-action attorneys, and has been praised for securing record-breaking settlements and tangible benefits for class members.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - JAY EDELSON

Jay Edelson is the Founder and CEO of Edelson PC. He has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading class action lawyers, especially in the areas of privacy, technology, and consumer advocacy.

Federal courts have recognized Jay as a “pioneer” in the emerging field of electronic privacy, having established key precedent in cases throughout the country and reaching some of the most important settlements in this space (collectively totaling over $200 million). He has developed much of the positive law under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, especially in the area of text message spam, earning him the moniker “the Spam Slammer”. His cases against the national banks’ suspensions of home equity lines of credit in the aftermath of the housing collapse resulted in the restoration of billions of dollars of consumer credit lines. Based primarily on his success in bringing consumer technology class actions, the national press has dubbed Jay and his firm the “most feared” litigators in Silicon Valley and, according to the New York Times, tech’s “babyfaced … boogeyman.” Most recently, Chicago Lawyer Magazine dubbed Jay “Public Enemy No. 1 in Silicon Valley.” The international press has called Jay one of the world’s “profiliertesten (most prominent)” privacy class action attorneys.

In addition to complex defense-side litigation, which he handles only in select cases, Jay also offers strategic support to start-ups, including several that have become national brands. Jay is a frequent speaker and writer on class action issues, the practice of law more generally, and training and law firm management – the latter earning him recognition by the ABA as one of “the most creative minds in the legal industry”. He is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law, where he has taught seminars on class actions and negotiation. He has written a blog for Thomson Reuters, called Pardon the Disruption, where he focused on ideas necessary to reform and reinvent the legal industry.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - RICHARD GOETZ

Rich Goetz defends some of the world’s best-known businesses—including pharmaceutical, medical device, computer, insurance, consumer products, and food companies—in complex, multimillion-dollar legal challenges. At the pleadings stage and at trial, he has defeated allegations of negligence, false advertising, improper labeling, defective manufacturing, and personal injury. Benchmark Litigation calls him a national “Litigation Star,” and The Legal 500: United States and Chambers USA recognize him as a “Leading Lawyer.”

Rich co-chairs O’Melveny’s Consumer Class Actions and Product Liability/Mass Tort Practices, which have been recognized by Chambers USA as leading practices for nine consecutive years. He also leads the Firm’s 200-lawyer Southern California Litigation Practice and serves on the Firm’s seven-member Executive Committee.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - STEIG D. OLSON

Steig Olson, who was named a 2013 Rising Star in the field of competition law by legal journal Law360, has a uniquely versatile practice focusing on antitrust and competition law: he represents both corporate plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes antitrust and other complex commercial litigation, including class actions. Steig also represents plaintiffs in and “opt out” actions and claimants before regulatory bodies addressing competition-related issues. The breadth of his practice affords Steig a perspective that benefits his clients no matter what side of the “v.” they are on.

Steig served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit, for Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr., and the Northern District of California, for former Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker. Steig’s scholarship on complex litigation matters has been cited by the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - ERIC L. CRAMER

Eric L. Cramer is a managing shareholder of the firm, where he has practiced since 1995. He has repeatedly been selected by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the country’s top antitrust lawyers; has been highlighted annually since 2011 by the Legal 500 as one of the country’s top lawyers in the field of complex antitrust litigation; has repeatedly been deemed one of the “Best Lawyers in America;” and has been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine many years in a row.

Mr. Cramer has prosecuted multiple complex antitrust matters and is responsible for winning numerous significant settlements for his clients and class members totaling well over $1 billion.He is lead counsel in several antitrust and other litigation matters in a variety of industries and numerous courts across the country.

Mr. Cramer is also a frequent speaker at antitrust and litigation related conferences. He was the only Plaintiffs’ lawyer selected to serve on the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section Transition Report Task Force delivered to the incoming Obama Administration in 2012. He is a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the American Antitrust Institute; a past President of COSAL (Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws), a leading industry group; a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and a member of the Board of Directors of Public Justice.

He has written widely in the fields of class certification and antitrust law. Among other writings, Mr. Cramer has co-authored Antitrust, Class Certification, and the Politics of Procedure, 17 George Mason Law Review 4 (2010) (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1578459), which the Third Circuit cited in Behrend v. Comcast Corp., 655 F.3d 182, 200, n.10 (3d Cir. 2011), reversed, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013). He has also co-written a number of other pieces, including: Of Vulnerable Monopolists?: Questionable Innovation in the Standard for Class Certification in Antitrust Cases, 41 Rutgers Law Journal 355 (2009-2010) (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1542143); A Questionable New Standard for Class Certification in Antitrust Cases, published in the ABA’s Antitrust Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Fall 2011); a Chapter of American Antitrust Institute’s Private International Enforcement Handbook (2010), entitled “Who May Pursue a Private Claim?”; and, a chapter of the American Bar Association’s Pharmaceutical Industry Handbook (July 2009), entitled “Assessing Market Power in the Prescription Pharmaceutical Industry.”

Mr. Cramer is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1989), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1993. He is a long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing adult literacy in the Philadelphia region. Mr. Cramer was also one of the founders of the Independence Charter School (ICS), where he served as pro bono litigation counsel and Board President. ICS is now a thriving middle school in Center City Philadelphia.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - MICHAEL MALLOW

Michael Mallow is a highly experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in complex litigation matters, including cases related to economic product defects, unfair competition, false and deceptive advertising, business torts, privacy, entertainment and intellectual property. He has defended consumer protection actions and investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Communications Commission, as well as numerous state enforcement agencies. Michael has served as the State Bar of California’s outside counsel on issues related to its member programs.

During his more than 17 years of representing clients in consumer protection matters, Michael has been at the forefront of many significant consumer protection issues, including defending the first enforcement action prosecuted by the FTC related to the National Do Not Call Registry, securing a major automotive industry victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit mooting injunctive claims for relief brought by private plaintiffs following a product recall, and convincing the West Virginia Supreme Court that Internet classified ads constitute an express invitation for the purposes of defeating a federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action. Michael regularly counsels clients on marketing and advertising issues and has substantial experience in the automotive, dietary supplement, telemarketing, electronic mail marketing, consumer products and payment processing industries.

Michael has received multiple accolades including “Privacy & Consumer Protection MVP” by Law360 (2012), “BTI Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group (2012), being named in Southern California Super Lawyers in Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation and Civil Litigation Defense (2005–2014), Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in California Litigation: General Commercial (2012–2015), The Legal 500 US in Marketing and Advertising, (2012–2013), The Legal 500 US in Technology: Data Protection and Privacy (2013), the Highest “AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)” Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Recipient, the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, being named a “Top 20 Under 40,” Daily Journal (2005), and a Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers (2004).

Michael earned his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, where he was the associate editor of The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. He graduated with a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

LEADING LITIGATORS

LITIGATOR PROFILE - TODD C. JACOBS

Todd Jacobs joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon in 2015 after practicing for more than two decades at Chicago commercial litigation boutique Grippo & Elden LLC. He was a member of Grippo’s Executive Committee and its Managing Principal from 2006 to 2014.

Todd represents commercial clients nationwide in complex disputes. These matters include some of the largest lawsuits in the United States in the areas of class action defense, antitrust, securities and shareholder derivative actions, commercial contracts, mass tort insurance coverage and a variety of intellectual property matters. Many cases involve allegations of fraud, tortious conduct, bad faith or breach of fiduciary duty and often relate to distressed financial situations or contested Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Among the clients who have turned to Todd to handle some of their most significant disputes are: Amazon.com, CNA, EMC2, Fireman’s Fund, Groupon, IBM, RealNetworks, and Resolute Management. Client comments in Todd’s Martindale-Hubbell evaluation describe him as “one of the smartest individuals I have ever known,” “a first-class lawyer and person,” and an “outstanding strategist” who is also “comfortable in the court room.”

Todd has tried cases to judgment in California, Florida, Illinois and New York and has been a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar for 20 years. He also has broad appellate experience, having briefed dozens of appeals nationwide and presented oral argument in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits as well as before state appellate courts in California, Illinois, Ohio and Washington State.

Todd currently serves on the U.S. Advisory Board for the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - JOSEPH SIPRUT

Joseph Siprut is the founder and managing partner of Siprut PC. He was named a “Super Lawyer” in Illinois for Class Action Litigation, and holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubble, the highest possible peer review rating. He has been called a “fearless game-changer in class actions” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Mr. Siprut was previously named one of the Top 40 attorneys in Illinois under the age of 40, and was also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in the country by the National Trial Lawyers Association. ALM Legal Leaders named Mr. Siprut one of “Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014.” Mr. Siprut was also selected for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, and fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Mr. Siprut has appeared in dozens of publications and television and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CBS Radio, NPR, ESPN, Bloomberg Law, Law360, the Chicago Tribune, and more. He has been deemed by the media as the “Friend of the Frequent Fliers” for his successful litigation crusades against the airline industry on behalf of airline customers, as well as a “Leading Sports Reformer” for his advocacy to combat the problem of concussions and head injuries in college sports.

Mr. Siprut frequently speaks at national class action and consumer litigation seminars. He has substantial first-chair trial experience, and previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law in the Trial Advocacy program. He is also a frequent author and speaker, having published over 25 articles in the nation’s leading law reviews and legal journals on topics including the right of privacy, copyright litigation, and contract doctrine, as well as litigation strategy and tactics. He was appointed as a member of the Illinois ARDC Hearing Board, and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Fair Contracts Project, an initiative focused on counteracting the implications of fine print in standard form consumer contracts.

Mr. Siprut is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Northwestern Law Review and was selected to represent Northwestern in national competition as a member of its National Moot Court team. He was also awarded the Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship, a national fellowship competition for law and graduate study.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - ADAM J. LEVITT

Adam J. Levitt is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and leads the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort litigation in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, technology, and agricultural law. Mr. Levitt served as co-lead counsel in two of the largest agricultural and biotechnology class actions in recent years, recovering more than $1 billion in damages for the plaintiffs: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, in which Mr. Levitt has obtained settlements exceeding $900 million on behalf of long-grain rice producers and others who suffered losses resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically modified seeds; and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, where he recovered $110 million on behalf of farmers who sustained market losses on their corn crops arising from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically-modified StarLink corn.

Mr. Levitt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for the past several years, acknowledged by Lawdragon as one of the leading lawyers in America, and has been named “Litigator of the Week” by American Lawyer Magazine.

With one of the country’s leading consumer litigation practices, Mr. Levitt has successfully served as counsel in numerous class and complex litigation cases at both the state and federal courts, as well as on the trial and appellate court levels. His current cases include several notable consumer actions: In re Honey Transshipping Litigation; In re Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Product Liability Litigation; In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation; Belville v. Ford Motor Company; In Re: Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Litigation; and In re Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation.

Mr. Levitt serves as President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers, a division of the National Trial Lawyers, of which he is an Executive Committee Member. Since 2005, Mr. Levitt has served as an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Levitt sits on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In 2013, he became an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Mr. Levitt is also a peer reviewer of articles submitted to AAJ’s Trial magazine.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - SHON MORGAN

Shon Morgan serves as Chair of the Firm’s National Class Action Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on complex class action defense, with particular experience in consumer fraud actions. He has also defended financial institutions in matters ranging from loan fraud to wage and hour class actions. He has successfully defended more than 180 class actions in 20-plus states, and has defeated class certification in more than 90% of his consumer cases that have reached that stage.

Mr. Morgan was recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the top 20 lawyers under 40 years of age and has been named a Southern California “Superlawyer.” In 2013, legal publication Law360 named the Firm’s Class Action Group as one of the top five in the United States.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - J. GORDON COONEY, JR.

J. Gordon Cooney Jr. has experience with a broad variety of commercial and civil litigation, with a particular focus on defending class actions in state and federal court. As leader of Morgan Lewis’s litigation practice, Gordon leads and oversees the firm’s litigation operations in 29 offices worldwide. He represents clients in matters throughout the United States in consumer, product liability, deceptive trade practice, toxic tort, RICO, antitrust, and securities class actions. His practice also includes substantial commercial, business, and merger and acquisition (M&A) litigation.

Many challenges facing companies today present multiple dimensions—including regulatory and criminal investigations, civil or criminal litigation by US federal and state prosecutors, class action or serial litigation by customers or other stakeholders, and shareholder and corporate governance litigation. Gordon works with companies to shape the overall strategy to successfully navigate multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary challenges. His experience has included both serving as overall strategy counsel as well as working collaboratively in virtual law firms to help solve client challenges.

Gordon has appeared in the courts of more than 35 states, and he has argued before the US Supreme Court and many federal circuit courts. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and as a “Star Individual” for Commercial Litigation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The American Lawyer named Gordon “Litigator of the Week” in the summer of 1999.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - BETH TERRELL

Beth Terrell is a member of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC (“TMDW”). Concentrating her practice in complex litigation, including the prosecution of class actions on behalf of consumers and employees, Ms. Terrell routinely serves as co-lead counsel on multi-state and nationwide class actions. She also represents individual employees including those who have suffered from race, gender, age, marital status, and disability discrimination. She frequently works with executives negotiating compensation plans, employment contracts, and severance agreements with Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Terrell has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court. In addition to her litigation and trial work, she also counsels small and medium sized companies facing personnel and human resource issues and has represented both employees and employers in restrictive covenant litigation. Prior to founding TMDW, Ms. Terrell was a member of Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC, where she practiced litigation for twelve years. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences on a wide variety of topics, including consumer class actions, employment litigation, and electronic discovery. Ms. Terrell has been often recognized as a “Super Lawyer,” was named one of the “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers” of 2012 and 2013, and has been awarded an “AV” rating in Martindale Hubbell by her peers, a rating denoting the highest legal ability and ethical standards.

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LITIGATOR PROFILE - DEEPAK GUPTA

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Beck PLLC, a national appellate and constitutional boutique based in Washington, DC. He specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation on a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on constitutional law, class actions, and consumers’ and workers’ rights. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Georgetown and American universities, where he has taught courses on public interest law and appellate advocacy.

Leading trial lawyers retain Deepak when they need to defend important victories or resurrect worthy claims on appeal, often after years of hard-fought, high-stakes litigation. He approaches each matter with a fresh perspective, a bird’s-eye view of the law, and a creative and strategic sense of how to reframe the issues for success on appeal. His clients have included classes of consumers and workers, sitting federal judges, members of Congress, merchants, lawyers, anonymous activists, and national non-profit advocacy organizations.

Deepak has extensive experience as an advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court. He argued for the plaintiffs in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion (2011), a landmark case at the intersection of class actions, arbitration, and preemption that the Washington Post described as “one of the court’s most important on consumer rights in years.” He represented the plaintiffs in a major antitrust arbitration case, American Express v. Italian Colors (2013), and was lead counsel for the successful respondent in Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter (2009), where he secured a unanimous victory holding that a corporation may not immediately appeal an attorney-client privilege denial. Most recently, he argued McBurney v. Young (2013), a rare case under the Privileges and Immunities Clause and Dormant Commerce Clause. At the certiorari stage, Deepak has written dozens of successful briefs in opposition and several successful petitions.

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