Professional Experience
Partner
Current
Current
MasterCard International Incorporated - Lead litigation counsel in state court consumer class actions filed in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Arizona, and chargeback cases. Argued and defeated class certification in Arizona, Texas, and Florida cases. Garza v. MasterCard International Corporation, Cause No. C-1833-04-F; Salazar, et al. v. MasterCard International, LLC, Cause No. 03-01555-00-0-H; Hernandez, et al. v. MasterCard International, Inc., Cause No. C-1056-03-C; Gastineau v. MasterCard International, Inc., Case No. CV-2004-483; Perry v. MasterCard International, Inc., Case No.CV-2003-007154; Rubin v. MasterCard International LLC, Case No. 03-09368-CA 20; Phillips v. MasterCard International LLC, Case No. 05-2004-CA22466; Harding v. Visa International, et al., Case No. C 03-04190 VRW; In Re: Supra Telecommunications and Information Systems, Inc. v. MasterCard Incorporated, Case No. 02-41250-BKC-RAM Healthmarkets, Inc. f/k/a UICI Corporation, Mega Life and Health Insurance Company, and Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee - Lead counsel acting as national coordination counsel for multi-district litigation case In Re UICI “Association Group” Insurance Litigation, Docket No. 1578 (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, DC) and over 30 individual agent and class action cases in multiple states, including cases in Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Argued before JPML Panel. Phone Directories Company - Phone Directories Company v. User-Friendly, Inc., No. CJ-2007-7558; successfully defeated TRO by competitor in yellow book industry filed in Oklahoma.  American Credit Educators LLC and American Fair Credit Association, Inc., v. United Credit National Bank, et al., - Civil Action No. 00-B-215 (Consolidated with 00-B-422) (PAC); (subprime credit card litigation) HIT Entertainment, Inc. - Djurisic v. Apax Partners, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 07CV3703 - Lead class action counsel in lead-based products litigation filed in Illinois. Obtained dismissal of Apax and Hit without paying any money. Special Committee of Fossil, Inc. Lead litigation partner engaged to conduct independent investigation involving historic equity granting practices; argued before Nasdaq and represented the Special Committee before SEC. Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. - Eagle-Picher Technologies, LLC v. Isonics Corp., AAA No. 71 Y 198 00175 01; approximately $50 million purchase price arbitration. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP - Tharp v. Lovelace, et al., Case No. DF04-01687-B andTIG Insurance Co., et al. v. Coopers & Lybrand, LLP et al., Cause No. 97-04065; malpractice and fraud cases. Credicorp, Inc. - Allec v. Credicorp, Inc., Case No. GIC757412, putative consumer class action involving financing issues. Allied Marketing Group - Citizens’ Action Council v. Allied Marketing Group, Inc., No. GIC 783870 (Sup. Ct., San Diego County, California); California consumer representative action where plaintiff filed private attorney general action. MCI - In the matter of the Arbitration of: MCI Worldcom Network Services Inc. v. Telephone Electronics Corporation, No. 1310015134 (JAMS); obtained favorable prejudgment escrow resulting in immediate settlement in favor of MCI. Zale Corporation - Campbell v. Zale Corporation, Case No. 306CV0404-B; lead counsel in ADEA case and arbitration involving former executive. Represented Fortune 50 retailer in confidential internal investigation involving executive. Represented Fortune 200 company in internal investigation involving claims processing. Numerous internal investigations involving whistleblower, accounting, and executive issues.
Education
Univ of Miami School of Law
J.D.
magna cum laude
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University of Miami
B.A.
magna cum laude
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Speaking Engagements
Conducting Internal Investigations: When Providing a Good Offense is the Best Defense (2008) Presentation to HealthMarkets, Inc.'s In-House Legal Department (speaker)
Avoiding Common Contract Mistakes (May 2008, Exxon Mobil Corporation In-House CLE Presentation)
Lightning in a Bottle -- Cutting Edge Litigation Issues (April 2008, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar)
“The Globalization of Liability: Managing Multinational Solutions," AIG Companies (March 2008)
Business Torts: Texas Law of Tortious Interference, Disparagement, and Unfair Competition (February 2008) University of Houston, Advanced Civil Litigation
Why Arbitrate/Mediate? The Critical Factors in Choosing ADR (September 07, 2007) State Bar of Texas-Texas Minority Counsel Program
Financial Services Arbitration Update (Dallas, June 06, 2007) Third Annual High Stakes Financial Services Lending & Litigation Issues Symposium
Financial Services Arbitration Update (New York, May 10, 2007) Third Annual High Stakes Financial Services Lending & Litigation Issues Symposium
Issues to Consider in Drafting Agreements (May 02, 2007) Lockheed Martin’s In-House Counsel Regional Meeting
Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts (Dallas, May 24, 2006) Second Annual High Stakes Financial Services Lending & Litigation Issues Symposium
High Stakes Financial Services Lending & Litigation Issues Symposium. Sponsored by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. (New York, May 10, 2005) Speaker and moderator
High Stakes Financial Services Lending & Litigation Issues Symposium. Sponsored by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. (Dallas, February 16, 2005) Speaker and moderator
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation - It is not Limited to Mass Tort Actions. Sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association (Dallas, February 08, 2005) Dallas Bar Association
Breaking the Code! Getting the Decision You Want - Mock Arbitrations (Dallas, January 16, 2004) Sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association
"Arbitrations Around the World," High Stakes Arbitrations, International and Domestic. Sponsored by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. (Dallas, TX, September 25, 2002)
Drafting the Arbitration Agreement. Sponsored by Internationale Congress. (San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 04, 2001)
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