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January 18 @ 9:00 am 3:30 pm

The UCL Institute

City Club Los Angeles
555 Flower St 51st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Earn up to 4 Hours MCLE!

Schedule

Coffee & Registration | 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Panel 1: UCL and FTC Enforcement Priorities | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

This panel of federal, state, and local government enforcers will discuss recent enforcement activity in the unfair competition and consumer protection arena and provide insight into 2024 enforcement priorities.

Panelists:

  • Maricela Segura, Director, Western Region Los Angeles, FTC 
  • Judy Fiorentini, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Section, California Department of Justice
  • Matt Beltramo, Assistant District Attorney, Special Prosecutions Unit, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
  • Moderator: Thomas A. Papageorge, Head of Consumer Protection Unit, San Diego District Attorney’s Office
Maricela Segura, Director, Western Region Los Angeles, FTC 

Maricela Segura is Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Western Region Los Angeles office.  The Los Angeles office has successfully prosecuted a wide variety of consumer protection cases, including matters involving national advertising, financial services, telemarketing scams, abusive debt collection, debt settlement frauds, Truth in Lending Act violations and data protection and privacy issues.  Maricela regularly speaks to consumer and business groups about the latest FTC guidance and law enforcement efforts.  She is a Senior Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government program and received her law degree from USC and her undergraduate degree from UCLA.

Thomas A. Papageorge, Head of Consumer Protection Unit, San Diego District Attorney’s Office

Tom Papageorge, a graduate of UCLA and the Harvard Law School, heads the Consumer Protection Unit of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  Tom supervised the Consumer Protection Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for 25 years, where he drafted more than 40 successful legislative proposals, including bills creating California’s identity theft statute and adding key provisions to the state’s Unfair Competition Law and Cartwright Act.

He is a former Federal Trade Commission Regional Director, past chair of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, and in 2004 he was honored as that section’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Lawyer of the Year. 

Tom has also served as a law professor for more than three decades, teaching courses in consumer protection, white collar crime, and antitrust, and his many publications include the Lexis/Matthew Bender treatise California White Collar Crime and Business Litigation (with Bob Fellmeth), now in its sixth edition.  

Matt Beltramo, Assistant District Attorney, Special Prosecutions Unit, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Judy Fiorentini
Judy Fiorentini, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Section, California Department of Justice

Supervising Deputy Attorney General Judy Fiorentini joined the Consumer Protection Section of the California Attorney General’s Office in July 2001.  Since joining the office, Judy has served as lead attorney on many high-profile complex civil litigation matters including In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability LitigationIn Re: Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation. She was part of the multistate teams that negotiated settlements with opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson and manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Teva, and Allergan, as well as the 2021 settlement with consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining the AG’s Office, Judy worked at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Judy received her JD from the University of San Diego, and her BA from the University of California, San Diego. 

Break | 10:30-10:45 a.m.
Panel 2: Privacy and the UCL | 10:45-11:45 a.m.

While privacy is now an important practice area in its own right, the unfair competition and consumer protection laws remain essential vehicles for the enforcement of individual privacy rights.  Our panelists from the government and the private plaintiffs and defense bar will discuss the latest litigation trends at the intersection of privacy and unfair competition law.

Panelists:

  • Christina Tusan, HammondLaw
  • Rebekah Guyon, Greenberg Traurig
  • Ben Wiseman, Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  • Moderator: Amy P. Lally, Sidley Austin
Christina Tusan
Christina Tusan, HammondLaw

Christina Tusan is a partner at HammondLaw where she oversees the firms’ consumer protection and privacy class action litigation.  Ms. Tusan is a nationally recognized consumer protection trial attorney who has investigated, prosecuted, and supervised the litigation of complex unfair competition cases in federal and state courts on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the California Attorney General, and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Ms. Tusan has obtained judgments or negotiated settlements on consumer protection matters valued at over $1 billion. Ms. Tusan has spent the last 25 years successfully investigating and litigating Unfair Competition Law (UCL) cases, False Advertising Law (FAL) cases, and Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (UDAP) Cases on behalf of consumers.

She has significant experience with privacy and cybersecurity investigations, regulations and litigation and recently was selected to serve as co-lead counsel on a multi-million dollar privacy case involving a company providing mental health services.. Ms. Tusan is CIPP/US certified by the IAPP and serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Section’s Executive Committee. She has given presentations on privacy matters while working ant the FTC and is  investigating and litigating numerous cases involving federal and state privacy law violations.

Ms. Tusan also has expertise in successfully investigating and litigating UCL,  FAL and UDAP cases across multiple industries. Examples include: health, beauty and wellness products and services; financial goods and services; mobile app products; mortgage and student loan refinance/repair services; sellers of products subject to Proposition 65 or state and federal greenwashing laws; automotive sale and repair entities; title insurance companies; for-profit colleges; broker-dealers engaged in the unlawful sale of securities; business opportunity product sellers; healthcare service providers; COVID-19 goods and service sellers; event ticket resellers; and household goods moving and storage services.

Ms. Tusan’s work has been recognized as exceptional by state and federal agencies and the press. The California Attorney General recognized her contributions by selecting her as the recipient of an “Award for Excellence” and the Federal Trade Commission gave her three different awards for her ground-breaking work while at the agency. One news article describes a prenatal vitamin case she investigated and settled as a case that “could change an industry.” Dozens of media reports have also discussed the substantial benefits that her cases have provided to consumers. 

Ms. Tusan is an Executive Committee member for the California Lawyer’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition section.

Ms. Tusan obtained her J.D. from the University of Southern California where she served as an editor on the USC Law Review and received the Warren Ferguson Social Justice Writing Award. She graduated from Stanford University, cum laude, and received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. 

Rebekah Guyon
Rebekah Guyon, Greenberg Traurig
Ben Wiseman
Ben Wiseman, Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC

Ben Wiseman is the Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP), where he oversees a team of more than 40 lawyers responsible for enforcement of the nation’s privacy and security laws, as well as related work in emerging areas such as AR/VR, artificial intelligence, AdTech, biometrics, health privacy, and children’s privacy.  Prior to joining DPIP, Ben was a Deputy Director in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection where he oversaw work relating to advertising and financial practices. Before joining the FTC in 2022, Ben served as Director of the Office of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.  Previously, Ben served as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate at a law firm in Washington D.C. 

Amy Lally
Amy P. Lally, Sidley Austin

Amy Lally is a trial lawyer who practices in all areas of litigation, including class actions, contract dispute litigation, and real estate litigation. She serves as a global co-leader of Sidley’s Consumer Class Actions practice, which is ranked in Chambers USA for 2022 and recognized for its “deep bench noted for its expertise in the life sciences sector, having obtained a number of high-profile defense verdicts in this field.” Amy also served as a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. She has broadly represented the consumer products and services industries in litigation arising under Proposition 65, California’s Unfair Business Practices Act (UCL, Section 17200), False Advertising Law (FAL, Section 17500), the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), labeling laws (including on comparative pricing and Made in America), the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), TCPA, the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, and California’s Shine the Light law. She is a leading member of Sidley’s California Consumer Privacy Litigation Task Force, a dedicated group of lawyers focused on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), counseling clients on how to assess and mitigate litigation risks by putting in place the policies, procedures, and protocols that comply with the new law. Her clients include numerous consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, including vitamin and dietary supplement companies, pharmaceutical companies, apparel, furniture and home goods companies, and e-commerce companies. Amy has represented a wide variety of other businesses such as financial institutions, hedge funds, accounting firms and oil and gas companies. She also works with clients to assess their product and service offerings, and mitigate litigation risk in connection with strategic growth opportunities.

Amy has tried cases to verdict in both California state and federal court and the Court of Federal Claims. She litigates cases in multiple courts throughout California, including in the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Mateo. She also has significant experience assisting consumer products and services companies in strategic transactions, including Bodega Latina Corporation and Vegamour.

In 2023 and 2020, Amy was named to the “Women of Influence” list published by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Amy received an AmLaw Litigation Daily Shout-Out honor in July 2022 for securing a win in a dispute spinning out of a US$40 million loan her client, Fortress Investment Group affiliate DBD Credit Funding LLC, secured by The Beverly House, and also in June 2021 for her work defending The Neiman Marcus Group, LLC against a putative privacy class action. She led the Sidley team in defense of a consumer class action that was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Defense Verdicts” of 2020. Amy is named to Lawdragon’s list of “500 Leading Litigators in America” (2022).

Amy earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Boston College, summa cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society and Cross and Crown Honor Society.

Networking Lunch & Fireside Chat | 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Sam Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection will share the latest from Washington on consumer protection in conversation with moderator Ted Mermin, Executive Director of Berkeley Law’s Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice.

All attendees will have the chance to enjoy a lunch and networking break before the conversation begins.

Sam Levine
Sam Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

Samuel Levine serves as Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where he oversees enforcement, rulemaking, and policy work across a wide range of areas, including privacy, data security, marketing, financial services, digital advertising, consumer reporting, algorithmic decision-making, and small business financing. Before his appointment as Director, he served as an attorney advisor to Commissioner Rohit Chopra and as a staff attorney in the Midwest Regional Office. Prior to joining the FTC, Mr. Levine worked for the Illinois Attorney General, where he prosecuted predatory for-profit colleges and participated in rulemaking and other policy initiatives to promote affordability and accountability in higher education. Mr. Levine is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he spearheaded student-led efforts to challenge illegal foreclosures, and of Washington University in St. Louis. He clerked with The Honorable Milton I. Shadur in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award in recognition of his commitment to social justice.

Ted Mermin
Ted Mermin, Executive Director of Berkeley Law’s Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice

Ted Mermin is the founder and director of the UC Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice and of CLICC, the California Low-Income Consumer Coalition, and the Public Good Law Center.

The Center convenes and connects scholars, students, advocates and practitioners from around the state, the nation and the world to further the development of consumer law and economic justice. It holds four annual or biennial conferences, including the Consumer Law Scholars Conference, the Economic Justice Policy Advocates Conference, and the Teaching Consumer Law Conference; four regular regional and statewide convenings of experts from government, legal services, nonprofits, and academia; and symposia that have included topics ranging from the intersection of consumer law and the climate crisis, to the application of consumer protection law in prisons and detention centers; to coerced debt arising from domestic violence and elder financial abuse. The Center also runs the burgeoning Consumer Law Advocates, Students and Scholars (CLASS) Network, which comprises (and seeds) student consumer law and economic justice organizations in law schools around the nation. At Berkeley Law, Ted teaches Consumer Protection Law, Comparative Consumer Protection Law and the Consumer Law & Economic Justice Workshop, which compose three of the 20 courses in the field now offered at the law school – more than any other institution in the world. 

As director of CLICC, Ted convenes a partnership of legal service providers dedicated to furthering the rights of consumers through state and local policy advocacy. CLICC’s efforts have included laws to reform debt collection practices in the state, to preserve assets in the face of bank levies and wage garnishments, and to establish the revamped Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. In 2023, CLICC co-sponsored new laws prohibiting hidden junk fees and ending the use of common counts and the threat of jail in debt collection cases.

Ted also serves as executive director of the Public Good Law Center, in which guise he has assisted local, state, and federal agencies in the development and defense of innovative policies in public health and consumer law; helped litigate consumer rights and public health cases in appellate and trial courts around the nation, including in the United States Supreme Court; and written and spoken extensively on issues of free speech, preemption, tobacco control, marketing to children, deceptive advertising, and unfair competition. 

In the past, Ted has worked for most of a decade as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice, litigated in private practice, and served as a judicial clerk. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley (J.D.) and Yale (B.A.).

Panel 3: Epic Reverberations | 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Hear practitioners on both sides of the “v” discuss the dueling amici perspectives on appeal and how this important case will affect UCL litigation going forward.

Panelists:

  • Erin E. Meyer, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • David Kesselman, Kesselman Brantly Stockinger
  • Moderator: Kyla Gibboney, Gibbs Law Group
Erin E. Meyer
Erin E. Meyer, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Erin Meyer is a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco, where she has practiced since 2012. She focuses her practice on high-stakes, complex litigation, including challenging employment and consumer class actions, commercial disputes, and intellectual property cases. Whether representing a Fortune 500 company or a technology startup, Ms. Meyer specializes in finding creative and efficient ways to help her clients solve their most difficult legal problems. 

Erin has significant experience defending clients facing UCL cases and class actions in both federal and state court. Recently, she defended a large public company in a rare consumer class-action trial involving UCL claims. Erin successfully moved to exclude all three experts offered by plaintiffs prior to trial. Following trial, the Court found for the defendant on all claims. Erin has also has extensive experience defending companies in the digital currency space against novel UCL claims. She currently represents Lyft and Instacart in cases addressing issues critical to the new economy: whether drivers and shoppers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees.  

Erin has an active pro bono practice, largely focused on representing Central American women and children fleeing abuse and persecution. She began her legal career as a Yale Public Interest Fellow, litigating affirmative and defensive political asylum claims and has continued that work at KVP. 

Erin is on the board of directors of Legal Services for Children and the Northern District Historical Society. She attended college at Duke University and graduated from Yale Law School, before clerking for the Honorable Patti B. Saris in the District of Massachusetts for two years.

David Kesselman
David Kesselman, Kesselman Brantly Stockinger

David W. Kesselman is a Partner of Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP.   Mr. Kesselman represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters, with a particular expertise in antitrust, unfair competition, and business tort cases.  Mr. Kesselman has significant trial and arbitration experience, and he has argued cases in both federal and state appellate courts. He also provides antitrust counseling and compliance advice to corporations.  For many years, Mr. Kesselman has served as an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has served on the executive committee for the California State Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition section (and continues to serve as an Advisor), and he is a past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section. He is also a contributing author and editor of the California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition treatise (the chapter covering Business and Professions Code section 17200).  Mr. Kesselman received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where he received the U.C. Davis Lasky Antitrust Award. He holds an M.A. from the London School of Economics in International History. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Kyla Gibboney
Kyla Gibboney, Gibbs Law Group

Kyla represents consumers, employees, investors, and others who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. She prosecutes a wide range of complex class action cases, including antitrust, securities, consumer protection, financial fraud, and product defect across a variety of industries. In 2023, she won the California Attorney Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding California lawyers “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.”

Panel 4: Developments in Discovery | 1:45-2:15 p.m.

Daniel Garrie, a practitioner (Zeichner Ellman & Krause), neutral (JAMS), and legal engineering entrepreneur (Law & Forensics), will discuss the abuses in class discovery that have become all too common in UCL matters.

Moderator: Michael Geibelson, Robins Kaplan LLP

Daniel Garrie
Daniel Garrie, Law & Forensics LLC, Head of Computer Forensics and Cyber Security Practice Groups

Daniel Garrie is the Founder of Law & Forensics LLC, Head of Computer Forensics and Cyber Security Practice Groups and has been a dominant voice in the computer forensic and cybersecurity space for over 20 years. Prior to Daniel’s legal career, he successfully built and sold several technology start-up companies. Since co-founding Law & Forensics LLC in 2008, Daniel has built it into one of the leading boutique cybersecurity forensic engineering firms in the industry. Daniel has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in computer science from Brandeis University, as well as a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School. Daniel has led forensic teams in some of the most visible and sensitive cyber incidents in the United States. ​

Daniel regularly testifies as an e-discovery, cybersecurity and computer forensic expert witness, authoring forensic expert reports on multi-million-dollar disputes. His ability to perform complex investigations and effectively communicate the results to a jury has made him one of the most sought-after experts in the country. His testimony has been pivotal in a number of cases. Since 2008, Daniel has served as a Neutral and Special Master and in 2016, he joined JAMS as one of the organization’s youngest Neutrals. At JAMS, Daniel serves as an Arbitrator, Forensic Neutral, and technical Special Master with a focus on cybersecurity, cyrptocurrency, and complex software and technology related disputes.​

Daniel is well-published in the cybersecurity space, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare,  author of more than 200 articles and books including, “Understanding Software, the Internet, Mobile Computing, and the Cloud. A guide for Judges”, published by the Federal Judicial Center. He has been recognized by several United States Supreme Court Justices for his legal scholarship and is a trusted source and a thought leader for cybersecurity articles and opinions, being cited over 500 times to date.

Michael Geibelson
Michael Geibelson, Robins Kaplan LLP

Michael Geibelson is the Managing Partner of Robins Kaplan LLP’s California offices, the Past Chair of the California State Bar’s Litigation Section, and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers. Michael is a business trial lawyer who represents retailers, restaurateurs, developers, technology and cannabis companies, and partnership participants in business disputes involving false advertising and unfair competition, class actions, misappropriation of trade secrets, supply agreements, copyright and trademark. Michael has extensive trial experience, and has secured victories for his clients at trial in a wide range of cases: from the representation of a foreclosing lender in the termination of a lease for a state-of-the art cannabis production facility, to the decertification of a privacy class action with exposure to statutory damages of more than $1 Billion, to violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Michael is extensively involved in community and legal affairs. In addition to his work with the Litigation Section, he is a member of the Board of the Bandini Foundation (operator of the Heroes Golf Course at the West Los Angeles VA), the Advisory Board of Angel City Sports (a paralympics organization), the past chair of the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, and has performed extensive pro bono work involving adoptions, environmental issues and small business disputes.

Break | 2:15-2:30 p.m.
Panel 5: Mediating UCL Cases | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

These former state and federal judges will share their experience mediating unfair competition and consumer protection cases and advise on best practices to successfully resolve thorny consumer class actions and other high stakes unfair competition matters.

Panelists:

  • Hon. Glenda Sanders (Ret.), JAMS
  • Hon. Suzanne Segal (Ret.), Signature Resolution

Co-Moderators:

  • Thomas N. Dahdouh, Attorney Advisor, Office of the Chair, FTC
  • Jill Manning, Pearson Warshaw
Hon. Glenda Sanders (Ret.), JAMS

Hon. Glenda Sanders (Ret.) joined JAMS after a distinguished career spanning 42 years.
Judge Sanders served as a Judge of the Superior Court of California for 20 years including 6
years on the Complex Civil Litigation Panel. During her time on the bench, she served as the
Supervising Judge of the Civil Panel, Chairperson of the Court’s Finance Committee, and
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, Orange County, California’s third-largest
court.
Judge Sanders presided over hundreds of trials, and thousands of settlement negotiations and
motions in complex civil cases focusing upon multiparty, business/commercial disputes that
covered a wide range of matters. These included real estate/property, contracts, business torts,
professional responsibility, mass torts, catastrophic injuries, environmental, securities,
insurance, class actions, employment, Private Attorney General Act, intellectual property,
construction, and healthcare.

Hon. Suzanne Segal (Ret.)
Hon. Suzanne Segal (Ret.), Signature Resolution

After 18 years as a United States Magistrate Judge with the Central District of California, including four
years as the Chief Magistrate Judge, Hon. Suzanne H. Segal (Ret.) joins Signature Resolution as a
mediator, arbitrator and Special Master/Discovery Referee. During her tenure on the federal bench,
Judge Segal presided over numerous trials, evidentiary hearings, motions and discovery conferences
involving diverse subject matter. Judge Segal served as the settlement judge in hundreds of cases,
settling business and insurance disputes, patent, trademark and copyright actions, and employment, civil
rights, and tort cases. Judge Segal handled a wide range of motions and settlements arising out of class
actions, particularly in the wage and hour context.
Judge Segal has broad experience in securities litigation, including matters brought by private investors
and the SEC. In addition, Judge Segal has extensive experience in matters involving the False Claims
Act and related actions involving the healthcare industry.
Judge Segal has served as a Special Master or Discovery Referee in cases involving the False Claims
Act, mass tort and insurance claims, patent litigation, and product liability claims.
Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Segal served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the
Civil Division of the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office for 12 years. As an AUSA, Judge Segal handled
a variety of cases, including contract, employment, civil rights, Medicare reimbursement and tort claims.
She also brought consumer and civil rights actions on behalf of the Department of Justice. From 1999 to
2002, she served as the Chief of Civil Appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to serving in the U.S.
Attorney’s Office, Judge Segal was a civil litigator at Dewey, Ballantine and Adams, Duque and
Hazeltine.
Judge Segal has also served as a lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law and Loyola Law School.
Judge Segal is known for her work ethic and persistent dedication to reach a positive result for the
parties.

Thomas N. Dahdouh
Thomas N. Dahdouh, Attorney Advisor, Office of the Chair, FTC

Thomas Dahdouh has over 30 years of law enforcement experience at the Federal Trade Commission. Since 2021, he has been an Attorney Advisor to FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. Before that, he served 9 years as Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Western Region, overseeing competition and consumer protection cases in the San Francisco and Los Angeles FTC offices.  From 2012 to 2013, he was Assistant Regional Director for the San Francisco office.  In that role, he oversaw major enforcement litigations against large companies such as DeVry, AT&T, DIRECTV, Amerigas/BlueRhino, and Benco/Patterson/Schein.  Before that, he worked for 14 years as a staff attorney in the San Francisco office, handling both consumer protection and antitrust matters.  Previously, he worked at the FTC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters for two Commissioners and served as a Counselor to the Director for both the Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Bureau of Competition.  He was on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar’s Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section from 2009 to 2015, holding the position of Chair of the Section from 2014-2015.  He continues to this day as an Advisor to the Section.  He has written extensively on competition and privacy/consumer protection legal issues, including Practicing Law Institute’s Chronicle, the California state bar’s Competition journal, and the Antitrust Law Journal. He clerked for Second Circuit federal appellate judge Irving R. Kaufman, and Southern District of New York federal judge Michael B. Mukasey. He received his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Yale University.

Jill Manning
Jill Manning, Pearson Warshaw

Jill M. Manning is a partner of Pearson Warshaw, LLP, in the firm’s San Francisco office. She is a trial attorney and skilled litigator who focuses her practices on recovering damages for individuals, employers and businesses that were harmed by anticompetitive conduct and unfair business practices. She has successfully represented plaintiffs in some of the leading cases brought under federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws. She has sued price-fixing cartels, high tech companies, electronics manufacturers, agribusinesses, healthcare companies, the NCAA and MLB, and achieved significant recoveries for her clients.
In the antitrust field, Ms. Manning represents a certified class of direct purchaser plaintiffs in an antitrust case against the leading suppliers of broiler chickens sold in the United States and secured $284 million in settlements. In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litig., Case No. 16-cv-08637 (N.D. Ill.). She represents a certified class of direct purchaser plaintiffs in an antitrust case against the leading suppliers of pork and pork products sold in the United States which has resulted in over $111 million in settlements. In re Pork Antitrust Litig., Case No. 18-cv-01776 (D. Minn.). She represents a certified class of minor league baseball players against Major League Baseball for violations of wage and hour laws and secured a $185 million settlement. Senne v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Case No. 14-cv-00608 (N.D. Cal.). She represents a certified class of over 3 million California businesses and consumers who paid inflated health insurance premiums because of Sutter Health’s anticompetitive conduct. Sidibe, et al. v. Sutter Health, Case No. 12-cv-04854-LB (N.D. Cal). The case resulted in a defense verdict following a four-week trial and is now on appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
In the consumer protection field, Ms. Manning was appointed by Judge Koh as co-lead counsel for the certified California class in Grace v. Apple Inc., Case No. 17-CV-00551-LHK (N.D. Cal.), a case alleging that Apple intentionally caused the popular FaceTime feature to stop working on certain iPhone devices and secured an $18 million settlement. She was appointed by Judge Lee to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: NCAA Student/Athlete Concussion Injury Litig., MDL No. 2492, Master Docket No. 16-cv-08727 (N.D. Ill), a multi-district action against the NCAA on behalf of former Division I football players who sustained concussion-related injuries. She was appointed by Judge Davila to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in cases challenging the conduct of Apple, Google, and Facebook in supporting and profiting from illegal social gambling apps on their platforms. In re: Apple Inc. App Store Simulated Casino-Style Games Litig., Case No. 21-md-02985-EJD (N.D. Cal.); In re Facebook Inc. App Center Simulated Casino-Style Games Litig., Case No.21-md-02777-EJD (N.D. Cal.); In re Google Play Store Simulated Casino-Style Games Litig., Case No.21-md-03001-EJD (N.D. Cal).
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Manning has demonstrated leadership in her professional life and community. She is a court-appointed neutral for the Northern District of California’s Early Neutral Evaluation Program, and a court-appointed mediator for the Central District of California. She served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California State Bar during the 2017-2018 term, and presently serves as an advisor. She is currently serving a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the California Lawyers Association. She is an elected official, serving on the Board of Trustees of Shoreline Unified School District since 2010, and as President of the Board since 2016.

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