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David Stein

ds@classlawgroup.com (510) 350-9715

David Stein represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Honda CR-V Vibration multidistrict proceedings and is also among the attorneys representing patients, health care providers, and consumers in a lawsuit against Banner Health arising from a data breach that exposed sensitive information of nearly 4 million people.

He is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in class actions, and regularly contributes his insights and commentary to Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions. David’s advocacy in consumer protection litigation has earned him several awards and accolades, including recognition in the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” list published by the Daily Journal. He has also been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers for four consecutive years.

Before joining Girard Gibbs, David served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes.

David is of counsel to Girard Gibbs and a partner at Gibbs Law Group.

Publications and Presentations

Presenter, “Perspectives on Automotive Class Action Litigation,” Stafford Publishers.

Presenter, “Motion to Dismiss – What’s Trending?” HB Litigation Conferences, Consumer Class Actions.

Presenter, “Beyond the Mass Tort: Class Action Cases Arising from Big Pharmaceutical Wrongdoing,” Consumer Attorneys of California.

Presenter, “Rule 23(c)(4) Issue Certification Post-Comcast,” American Association for Justice.

Author, Wrong Problem, Wrong Solution: How Congress Failed the American Consumer, 23 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 619 (2007)

Litigation Highlights

  • In re: Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation

    Served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in nationwide class action involving alleged defect that caused engine seizures at high speeds. Litigation led to settlement that included nationwide vehicle recalls, extended warranties, and payments that averaged over three thousand dollars per class member.

  • Paeste v. Government of Guam

    Secured a judgment against the Government of Guam and several of its highest ranking officials in a suit involving the government’s unlawful administration of income tax refunds. Defended the judgment in an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, leading to a complete victory for the taxpayers in the published decision, Paeste v. Government of Guam, 798 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 2015)

  • In re: Peregrine PFG Best Customer Accounts Litigation

    Represented investors in a lawsuit against U.S. Bank and JPMorgan Chase arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. The former Peregrine customers were seeking to recover the millions of dollars that was stolen from them out of segregated funds accounts. Plaintiffs’ efforts led to settlements with JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Bank worth over $75 million.

  • Browne v. American Honda Motor Co.

    Represented consumers who alleged that 750,000 Honda Accord and Acura TSX vehicles were sold with brake pads that wore out prematurely. The case settled for an estimated value of approximately $25 million.

  • Velasco v. Chrysler Group LLP

    Represented drivers who bought and leased vehicles with allegedly defective power control modules that caused stalling. In addition to negotiating a recall of all 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles, the lawsuit resulted in Chrysler reimbursing owners for all repair and rental car expenses, and extending its warranty.

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Top 40 Under 40, Daily Journal, 2017

Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2017

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2007
    • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003
  • Law360 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Public Justice

Co-Author, Beware Intended Consequences of Class Action Reform, Too

Law360 Expert Analysis

March 14, 2017

Co-Author, California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

Law360 Expert Analysis

February 15, 2017

Presenter, Hot Topics and Trends in Prosecuting & Defending of Consumer Class Actions

Bridgeport Continuing Education 2017 Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference

2017

Perspectives on Automotive Class Action Litigation

Stafford Publishers

Motion to Dismiss – What’s Trending?

HB Litigation Conferences, Consumer Class Actions

Beyond the Mass Tort: Class Action Cases Arising from Big Pharmaceutical Wrongdoing

Consumer Attorneys of California

Rule 23(c)(4) Issue Certification Post-Comcast

American Association for Justice

Wrong Problem, Wrong Solution: How Congress Failed the American Consumer

23 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 619

The Settlement achieved for the benefit of the Class was obtained as a direct result of Class Counsel’s skillful advocacy.

- U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Illinois