David Stein

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David Stein represents clients in federal and state cases nationwide, ranging from securities and financial fraud class actions, to product liability, privacy, and data breach suits. Courts have appointed David as lead counsel in a number of these cases and he has been praised as a tenacious litigator with a “reputation as one of the best consumer advocates around.”

The Daily Journal recognized David as one of the Top 40 attorneys in the state of California under the age of 40, and he was also honored in Law360’s nationwide list of “Top Class Action Attorneys Under 40.” For the last seven years, he has been rated by his colleagues as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star.

David is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in complex litigation. He has twice been selected to serve on Law360’s Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, advising on emerging trends and important issues impacting product liability cases. He also contributes his insights and commentary to Consumer Law Watch, an online publication analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions.

Before entering private practice, David served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes.

Litigation Highlights

  • 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)

  • Edwards v. Ford Motor Co.

    In a class action alleging that Ford sold vehicles despite a known safety defect, Mr. Stein twice argued plaintiff’s position before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the first appeal, Mr. Stein succeeded in obtaining a reversal of the trial court’s denial of class certification. In the second, plaintiff again prevailed, with the Ninth Circuit affirming a ruling that Mr. Stein’s and his colleagues’ efforts generated free repairs, reimbursements, and extended warranties for the class.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Top Class Action Attorneys Under 40, Law360 Rising Stars, 2017

Top 40 Under 40, Daily Journal, 2017

Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2018

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

Presenter, Article III Standing in Data Breach Litigation

AAJ Class Action Seminar

December 2018

Presenter, "Determining Damages in Class Actions"

Class Action Mastery Conference, HB Litigation

May 2018

Presenter, "Mass Torts and Class Actions: The Latest and Greatest, Update on Class Action Standing"

56th Annual Consumer Attorneys of California Convention

November 2017

Author, Third Circuit Crystallizes Post-Spokeo Standard

Impact Fund Practitioner Blog

July 17, 2017

Presenter, "Playing Defense: Reading the Long Game"

American Association for Justice

May 2017

Presenter, "Motion to Dismiss – What’s Trending?"

HB Litigation Conferences, Mass Tort Med School + Class Actions

March 2017

Presenter, “Class Certification”

HB Litigation Conferences, Mass Tort Med School + Class Actions

March 2017

Presenter, “Class Remedies”

HB Litigation Conferences, Mass Tort Med School + Class Actions

March 2017

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

January 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

You made it very easy to deal with this case and clearly your years of expertise have carried the day here. Nice work. Thank you.

- U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Ohio

“[T]his is an extraordinarily complex case and an extraordinarily creative solution.”

- U.S. District Judge, Central District of California

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