Class Action Law Forum | March 4-5, 2020 | San Diego

March 4-5, 2020
University of San Diego School of Law

Class Action Law Forum

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Cruise across San Diego Bay in style on an elegantly restored classic motor yacht.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego School of Law

Keynote address by the internationally renowned

Theodore J. Boutros, Jr.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Co-chaired by highly acclaimed plaintiff attorney

CaseyGerry

David S. Casey, Jr.

Co-chaired by accomplished defense attorney

Joshua A. Jesson

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Thanks to the leadership of accomplished plaintiff attorney

Gayle M. Blatt

CaseyGerry

 

Internationally renowned attorney Ted Boutrous joins program as co-chair and keynote speaker

Responsible for many landmark decisions in this and other areas of the law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Partner Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., has joined the faculty of the program as co-chair and keynote speaker. Ted will work with his partner Joshua A. Jessen and our founding plaintiff chair, David S. Casey, Jr., of CaseyGerry, to help craft and lead this prestigious event. Scroll down for more background on these exceptional attorneys.

The 2019 program received stellar reviews from attendees and faculty alike. Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services Group is proud to bring back this invaluable forum on such an important and dynamic area of the law.  We encourage plaintiff attorneys, defense counsel, mass tort and personal injury lawyers, in-house counsel, paralegals and service providers to attend and participate.

Take a look at the 2019 lineup and see what inspired comments like one from a nationally recognized class action attorney who described the forum as truly unique among all class action programs on the calendar today.

2020 Topics

Practice Activity

  1. Key Class Action Decisions: 2018-2019 Review and Cases to Watch
  2. Settlement Rules & Structures: One Year of N.D. California Guidelines
  3. Report from the Western Alliance Bank Class Action Roundtable
  4. Class Certification: Daubert Hearings and Best Practices
  5. Multidistrict Litigation Practice
  6. Mandatory Arbitration and Class Actions
  7. Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession
  8. Distribution & Management of Electronic Records

Claims Categories

  1. Employment: Wage & Hour, Misclassification, Discrimination, Harassment, Whistleblowers
  2. Employment: Worker Classifications in the Gig Economy
  3. Privacy: Class Actions by Employees Over Biometrics
  4. Data Privacy & Security
  5. Antitrust: The Intersection with Privacy Law
  6. Consumer: Financial, Products, Marketing, Other
  7. Opioids Litigation: Update & Lessons Learned

Program Chairs

David S. Casey, Jr., Managing Partner, CaseyGerry

A third generation attorney, David joined his late father David S. Casey Sr.’s firm in 1976, after working as a prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney’s office. With dozens of high profile verdicts and settlements achieved over a nearly 40-year legal career, he is well on his way to attaining his father’s legendary mark of 700 jury trials. David leads the firm in obtaining multi-million dollar results each year in a complex range of cases, and was recently appointed to the national VW Multidistrict Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal. He earn his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Read more.

Joshua A. Jessen | Partner | Gibson Dunn 

​Josh a member of Gibson Dunn’s Litigation Department and practices in the Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Group, Intellectual Property Group, and Health Care and Life Sciences Group.He has represented many companies in putative data privacy and data security class actions, and has been instrumental in obtaining dismissals or other successful resolutions of those actions. He earned his law degree magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review.  While attending law school, he served as a judicial extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge James Stiven.  Read more.

NEW! Co-Chair and Keynote Speaker

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. | Partner | Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

One of the leading defense attorneys in the nation, Ted is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is global Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, previously led the firm’s appellate, crisis management, transnational litigation and media groups, and is a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.

The New York Times wrote that Ted has “a long history of pushing the courts and the public to see the bigger picture on heated issues.” He has argued more than 100 appeals, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, 12 federal circuit courts of appeals, nine state supreme courts and a multitude of other appellate and trial courts in complex civil, constitutional and criminal matters.  He has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history.  In 2011, he successfully represented Walmart before the Supreme Court in the landmark Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes case, which unanimously reversed what had been the largest employment class action in history and established important standards governing class actions.  In 2013, he represented the prevailing party in obtaining a unanimous Supreme Court decision enforcing the Class Action Fairness Act (Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles).  Also in 2013, Ted was was one of the lead attorneys that lead to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that enabled same-sex marriage to resume in California (Hollingsworth v. Perry). Currently, he is representing actor Ashley Judd in a defamation suit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Ted received his law degree, summa cum laude, from University of San Diego School of Law, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review. Read more.

 


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What they are saying.

“The class action mastery forum is unique among the other programs which focus on class litigation. The speakers overall are some of the most experienced in the profession and the presentations provide material appropriate for experienced practitioners , but even the novice can come away from the seminar with a solid foundation to begin the practice in this area.”

John Yanchunis | Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group

“The Class Action Forum in San Diego exceeded my expectations! It was clear that the presenters had been carefully selected as each was a foremost expert in his or her legal field. They addressed the issues that truly matter on both a practical and intellectual level, so each session had full attendance. The organizers made every moment count so that even during lunch, we heard valuable material from venerable speakers. This conference was efficient and very pleasant with an emphasis on the education, while allowing for an appropriate amount of socializing which enabled me to make new contacts for both business development and collaboration.”

Marjorie Ford Smith | Certified Structured Settlement Consultant

 

 

 

 


March 4-5, 2020
University of San Diego School of Law

Class Action Law Forum

Join Our Sunset Cruise

Cruise across San Diego Bay in style on an elegantly restored classic motor yacht.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego School of Law

Keynote address by the internationally renowned

Theodore J. Boutros, Jr.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Co-chaired by highly acclaimed plaintiff attorney

CaseyGerry

David S. Casey, Jr.

Co-chaired by accomplished defense attorney

Joshua A. Jesson

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Thanks to the leadership of accomplished plaintiff attorney

Gayle M. Blatt

CaseyGerry