The 3rd Annual Western Alliance Bank Class Action Law Forum™, in collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law

The 3rd Annual Western Alliance Bank Class Action Law Forum™, in collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 — Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location

Virtual Event

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

see registration site

Details

The 3rd Annual Western Alliance Bank Class Action Law Forum™, in collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law, will showcase impactful, expert discussions on a variety of critical topics and emerging issues, including MDL trends, privacy and data breach, consumer class actions, cy-pres and quick pay provision, employment, securities, antitrust and more. Our panelists are leading industry experts who will give valuable insights into these topics.

Attendees will also get a sneak peek of critical findings from Western Alliance Bank’s soon-to-be-released research regarding class action stakeholder perceptions of the appeals and objections landscape, opportunities for quick-pay provisions and cy pres settlements. Learn more about Western Alliance Bank’s research report released in 2020 regarding the Rule 23 Amendments here.

The virtual program is co-chaired by plaintiffs attorneys, David S. Casey, Jr. and Gayle M. Blatt of CaseyGerry, and defense attorneys, Erin M. Bosman of Morrison & Foerster and Joshua Jessen of Gibson Dunn. The Class Action Law Forum benefits the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship Fund at University of San Diego School of Law. To learn more about the Fund and to give, please click here.

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  • Agenda (subject to change)

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Time (PDT) Topic
    8:00am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    • Francesca Castagnola, Western Alliance Bank
    • David Casey, Jr., CaseyGerry
    • Robert A. Schapiro, Dean and Professor of Law, USD School of Law
    • Joshua Jessen, Gibson Dunn
    8:30am - 9:30am

    Appellate Judicial Round Table

    • Mike Devitt, Professor of Law, USD School of Law
    • Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Judge John Byron Owens, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Judge Patrick J. Bumatay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 
    9:45am - 11:15am 

    California Chief Judges Round Table

    • David Casey, Jr., CaseyGerry
    • Chief District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
    • Chief District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • Chief District Judge Richard G. Seeborg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    11:30am - 1:00pm

     Consumer Class Actions

    • Gayle Blatt, CaseyGerry
    • Judge Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • Judge Fernando Olguin, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • Erin Bosman, Morrison & Foerster
    • Stuart Davidson, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
    • Megan Donohue, Cooley
    • Rosemary Rivas, Gibbs Law Group
    1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Keynote Speaker

    Judge Anthony Battaglia, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

    Jury Selection in Federal Court: Addressing COVID-19, Unconscious Bias and Social Justice

    2:15pm

    Closing Remarks

    • Francesca Castagnola, Western Alliance Bank
    • Dana Rager, Western Alliance Bank

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Time (PDT) Topic
    7:45am - 8:00am

    Opening Remarks

    • Dana Rager, Vice President, Western Alliance Bank
    • Gayle Blatt, Partner and Head of Complex Litigation, CaseyGerry
    • Erin Bosman, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
    8:00am - 9:15am 

    The Intersection Between Class Action and MDLs

    • Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder, The Law Offices Kenneth R. Feinberg
    • Judge Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • Judge Roger T. Benetiz, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
    • Judge Karen K. Caldwell, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
    • Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
    • Mark Dearman, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
    • Kristin A. Linsley, Gibson Dunn
    • Julie Y. Park, Morrison & Foerster
    9:30am - 10:30am

    COVID-19 Litigation / Business Interruption

    • Jordan Barry, Professor of Law, USD School of Law
    • Deborah Dixon, Gomez Trial Attorneys
    • Mark Geragos, Geragos & Geragos
    • Victoria Nugent, Cohen Milstein
    • William Tarantino, Morrison & Foerster
    10:45am - Noon

    Privacy and Data Breach

    • Joshua Jessen, Gibson Dunn
    • Tiffany Cheung, Morrison & Foerster    
    • Karen Riebel, Lockridge Grindal Nauen                
    • Ann Marie Mortimer, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth       
    • Kenya J. Reddy, Morgan & Morgan
    12:15pm - 1:30pm

    Class Action Trends in the Appellate Process

    • Francesca Castagnola, Western Alliance Bank                
    • Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Christopher Chorba, Gibson Dunn
    • Jay Edelson, Edelson PC
    • Theodore H. Frank, Center for Class Action Fairness
    • Niki Mendoza, Phillips ADR
    • Steven Weisbort, Angeion Group
    1:45pm - 2:30pm

    Consumer Class Action - Judges Perspective

    • Erin Bosman, Morrison & Foerster
    • John Yanchunis, Morgan & Morgan
    • Judge Dolly M. Gee, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • Judge Beth L. Freeman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    2:30pm

    Conference Closing Remarks

    • Francesca Castagnola, Western Alliance Bank
    • David Casey, Jr., CaseyGerry
    • Robert A. Schapiro, Dean and Professor of Law, USD School of Law

     

  • Conference Registration Rates

    Once you have registered, you will be emailed (to the address used at registration) the secure link to the Forum.

    Price

    Ticket Type

    $195

    Two-Day General Admission Ticket

    Free

    USD School of Law Faculty & Students

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  • Meet the Chairs

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

    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 43-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 such as the Volkswagen Emissions scandal in which David was appointed to the national Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation. The case was resolved for $14.7 billion, one of the biggest corporate settlements in history.

    In the Chrysler Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel® Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, David was appointed by the federal court to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. The case was resolved for $300 million. Read more

    Gayle M. Blatt
    Partner and Head of Complex Litigation, CaseyGerry

    Heading the firm’s complex litigation practice group, Gayle concentrates her practice on consumer class action, data breach cases, and serious personal injury cases. She joined CaseyGerry more than 30 years ago and has become well known for representing injured clients in a wide range of high profile, multi-million- dollar cases.
    In addition to her extensive experience in personal injury cases and successful mass torts, Gayle has held leadership positions in several data breach Class Actions such as the Sony Gaming Networks, and YAHOO! Data Breach class action litigations, where she was the only California attorney to serve on the committee. She is currently part of the team litigating the data breach incident involving Citrix Systems.  Gayle has also been involved in the Apple Inc. litigation, the Intel Corp. CPU Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (“Intel”), the Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, and the Incretin Mimetics Product Liability Litigation. Read More

    Erin M. Bosman '99 (JD)
    Partner, Morrison Foerster

    Erin Bosman is co-chair of MoFo’s Class Actions and Mass Torts Practice Group and is a founder and co-head of the Artificial Intelligence Group. Clients value her business strategy, seeking her comprehensive counsel throughout the product life cycle, especially in high-stakes litigation and product recalls.

    Erin’s clients value her litigation acumen, retaining her as national coordinating and trial counsel in class action cases and multijurisdictional and multidistrict proceedings. A skilled negotiator, Erin has a long track record of securing dismissals and favorable settlements for her clients. Her courtroom skills have delivered successful jury verdicts and won appeals before the Second Circuit and California Court of Appeal. Read More

    Joshua A. Jessen '02 (JD)
    Partner, Gibson Dunn

    Joshua Jessen is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County and Palo Alto offices. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and practices in the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Group, Intellectual Property Group, and Health Care and Life Sciences Group.

    Mr. Jessen’s practice focuses on data privacy and cybersecurity, consumer law and class actions, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation. 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. Mr. Jessen also has represented a wide array of clients in high-stakes patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets litigation. In addition, he was involved in the defense of a significant white collar criminal matter relating to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Read More

  • Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship

    Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship

    Robert A. Schapiro, Dean and Professor of Law at USD School of Law is looking forward to sharing this academic and experiential program in collaboration with Western Alliance Bank, which specializes in banking for attorneys and law firms and settlement distribution agencies and claims administrators.

    This year’s Class Action Law Forum registration fees and sponsorship proceeds will directly benefit student scholarships at USD School of Law, specifically, the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship in honor of Keith Park and his family. Keith Farmer Park practiced law with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in San Diego. Park earned an outstanding reputation as a Securities Class Action lawyer while practicing with Robbins Geller. Prior to his death, Mr. Park generously supported student scholars at USD School of Law and his family and friends continue his legacy of support and generosity. It is a distinct privilege to honor Keith Park and the entire Park family through the Class Action Law Forum, annually.

    For more information about scholarship opportunities at USD School of Law, please contact Debbie Rider, Director of Development at (619) 260-5955 or djrider@sandiego.edu.

  • Continuing Education Credit Information

    HBLC will be managing the Continuing Legal Education for this year's event. HBLC is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider. Please check back for an update on the number of credits that will be offered.

    For registered attorneys joining via the virtual platform, a CLE form will be available for download to track the sessions you watch and fill in the CLE codes you will need to collect to be eligible to claim the credit.

  • About Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services

    About Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services

    Western Alliance Settlement Services, a national banking group within Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, specializes in banking for law firms, claims administrators and related businesses managing class action, mass tort and bankruptcy settlements. This team of expert bankers brings clients years of experience and offers exceptional service in supporting all phases of the settlement process, from escrow to distribution, with a single point of contact. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation, one of the country’s top-performing banking companies. The bank was #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the most recent S&P Global Market Intelligence listing and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individually branded, full-service banking divisions and has offices in key markets nationwide. For more information, visit westernalliancebancorporation.com/solutions/settlement-services.

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