Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services Presents Class Action Law Forum

Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services Presents Class Action Law Forum

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 — Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110


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Building on the critical success of the inaugural Class Action Law Forum, University of San Diego School of Law, Dean Stephen Ferruolo, Western Alliance Bank, CLE provider HB Litigation Conferences and the law firm of CaseyGerry are teaming up to assemble a faculty of sitting federal court judges, leading practitioners, legal scholars and other subject matter experts for education and discourse on the most dynamic aspects of this important area of the law.


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 Sessions will include:

  • the debate over mandatory arbitration clauses
  • the level of rigor required when evaluating class certification expert witnesses
  • new class action rules and settlement structures
  • recent Supreme Court holdings
  • updates on claim-specific class actions, including opioids and data privacy claims, and more. 

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  • Meet the Chairs


    Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. '87 (JD)
    Partner, Gibson Dunn

    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 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 ReviewRead more



    David S. Casey, Jr. '74 (JD)
    Managing Partner, Casey Gerry

    A third generation attorney, he 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 – who tried more than 700 jury trials – legendary status.

    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 is past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) – the world’s largest trial bar –and has been lauded with more than 60 professional awards, including a perpetual award in his honor, the “David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award” from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. In 2016, he was named among the Top 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, lauded as one of the state’s top 30 Plaintiff’s attorneys by the same publication and was inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Past Presidents Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

    Since 2008, he has served as state chair for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s judicial selection committee, maintaining a steadfast volunteer commitment to finding the most qualified judicial candidates for the federal bench in California. Prior to his appointment as state chair, David served on the local San Diego judicial selection committee for 16 years. Read more



    Joshua A. Jessen '02 (JD)
    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

  • Agenda

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    7:30am - 6pm

    Thursday, March 5, 2020
    7:30am - 4pm

    Please check back for updated information.

  • Conference Registration Rates


    Law Firm and Legal Department Rates:

    $695 per attorney
    $495 if you register by October 1, 2019
    $595 if you register by January 1, 2020

    Non-Law Firm Services

    $1,500 for non-sponsor service providers
    $ 795 for additional non-sponsor attendees

    Solos, Duos, Paralegals, Marketers, Faculty Firms

    25% off with CODE: SDPMF25

    USD School of Law Students & Faculty are invited to attend for free

  • Continuing Education Credit Information

    The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider. Please check back for update on the number of credits that will be offered.

  • Contact Information

    For additional information please contact event coordinator HB Litigation Conferences at ClassActions@LitigationConferences.com or call them at (484) 324-2755. Anyone at HB will be able to assist you. Learn more


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