• Business Advice and Litigation

    • Walmart in securing dismissal of alleged violations of DC’s consumer protection statute (DC 2020).
    • ExxonMobil in securing dismissal of a consumer protection complaint filed by the Washington, D.C. Attorney General (DC 2018); prevailing in an antitrust suit filed in Puerto Rico (Diaz Aviation Corp v. Esso et al, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4651, D Pr 2011); and winning at trial in five consolidated cases brought by more than 100 dealers to enjoin sale and divestiture of gas station business in Puerto Rico (Santiago-Sepulveda v. Esso, 582 F.Supp. 2d 154, D Pr 2008).
    • JP Morgan Chase in several consumer lawsuits (2018-present) in federal court and arbitration.
    • Ooma several consumer lawsuits resulting in dismissal or successfully enforcement of its contractual arbitration provisions (2016-18).

    Class Actions

    • JP Morgan Chase in Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation and secured sanction award of $250,000 (SDNY 2020).
    • Technology Company in securing summary judgment alleging violations of more than 30 state consumer protection statutes (ND Cal 2020).
    • Rent A Center in securing partial summary judgment and favorably resolving California class claims alleging violations consumer protection statutes and usary laws (ND Cal 2019).
    • Wells Fargo in securing Rule 68 dismissal of class action complaint alleging TCPA violations (ND Ill 2017).
    • Life360 in securing a dismissal with prejudice of a TCPA class action lawsuit (ND Cal 2016).
    • Boiron in a defense verdict in a false advertising and consumer fraud class action against leading homeopathic drug manufacturer after one week trial before a jury (CD Cal 2016); winning appeal of nationwide class action settlement over objector's claim of collusion and overbroad release (Gallucci v. Gonzales et al, No.12-57081, 9th Cir 2015); defeating motion to certify class (CD Cal 2014); securing Rule 68 judgment against class action representative and dismissal of complaint (ND Ill 2013); precedent-setting summary judgment victory precluding ability of consumer class to seek injunctive relief, cited in more than 50 decisions (Delarosa v. Boiron, Inc., 275 F.R.D. 582, CD Cal 2011).
    • Whole Foods in securing the dismissal of a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging false advertising of its homeopathic products (SD Fl 2015).
    • Early resolution of various class action demands, including for TCPA, UCL, CLRA, and other state and federal claims.

    Sports

    • Washington Football Team in litigation in federal court in Virginia and Maryland and an NFL arbitration (2020-present).
    • National Basketball Players Association in litigation advising on legal and business matters, and in arbitration (2013 - present).
    • Women's National Basketball Players Association on legal and business strategy (2014 - 2019).
    • Joe Theismann in dismissing a class action lawsuit against Mr. Theismann alleging false advertising of his celebrity endorsement of OTC supplement (EDCA 2013), affirmed on appeal (9th 2016).
    • Serving as Independent Arbitrator for NCAA.
    • Serving on Law 360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board (2019-2020, 2020-2021).

    White Collar

    • Representing former officer of U.S. subsidiary and Mexican national in FCPA investigation.
    • Represented a financial institution in an SEC enforcement action, which SEC declined.
    • Conducted an investigation for company subject to extortion, referred matter for federal prosecution resulting in indictments.
    • Conducted an internal investigation of cybercrime, referred matter for federal prosecution.
    • Negotiated a resolution with the FDA resulting in no enforcement action brought against a university hospital for using non FDA-approved medical devices.
    • Represented a foreign company and its U.S. subsidiary in several international antitrust price-fixing investigations and negotiated plea agreements with DOJ.
    • Defended company against liability for insider trading by company officer.
    • Advised Allen Stanford in SEC and DOJ actions and argued at his detention hearing (US v. Stanford, EDVA (Richmond) 2009).
    • Lead trial counsel in an “infomercial fraud” case for an individual facing conspiracy, mail and wire fraud charges and won dismissal after four-week jury trial (US v. Woolf/ Gengler, 2009 US Dist. Lexis 98857, EDVA 2009).

    Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

    • Cornell University, B.A., 1991
    • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
    • District of Columbia
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Virginia
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Hispanic National Bar Association: Vice President External Affairs (2020-2021, 2007-2008), Chief Compliance Officer (2018-2019)
    • Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.
    • Military Spouse JD Network
    • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
    • Virtual Happy Hour: Attorneys Share Strategies for Taking Remote Depositions, Webinar (Apr. 2, 2020)
    • Internal Investigations 101, Financial Poise Webinars (Feb. 14, 2019)
    • TCPA Litigation: Defense Strategies, The Knowledge Group Webcast (Jan. 17, 2018)
    • The Global Impact of Sports and the Role Lawyers Play, HNBA Corporate Conference (April 2017)
    • Don't Say That! Defending High Profile Cases and Managing the Media, HNBA Convention (Sept. 2016) 
    • Is It Rougher on the Field or in the Courtroom?, Lawyers for Civil Justice (Dec. 3, 2015)
    • Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising: An FTC Workshop, Panelist (Sept. 21, 2015)
    • The Trial of Lysistrata, Shakespeare Theatre Company Bard Association (Nov. 24, 2014)
    • Class Action Strategies, Bridgeport Litigation & Management Conference (Apr. 11, 2014)