Lisa M. Simonetti
Class Actions/Financial Services Litigation
J.D., Loyola Law School, 1993; Staff Member, International and Comparative Law Journal; Member, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society; B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1986
Admitted to practice
California; U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California;
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Lisa Simonetti focuses on the defense of class actions, handling matters in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Simonetti concentrates her practice in the representation of various types of consumer services companies, such as automotive finance companies, mortgage companies, federally chartered savings and loan associations, national banks and credit card issuers.
Ms. Simonetti also has been involved in developing unique arguments in defense of actions under California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL), taking several issues related to the UCL to the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. For example, Ms. Simonetti was involved in presenting an important and novel issue to the California Supreme Court (in Washington Mutual v. Superior Court [Briseno]) with respect to the propriety of nationwide class certification in actions alleging violations of the UCL where the underlying contract includes a choice-of-law provision. In addition, she has presented issues of first impression under the UCL to the Courts of Appeal, dealing with a range of subjects, including the defense of federal preemption. Most recently, Ms. Simonetti prevailed before the Ninth Circuit in Chae v. SLM Corporation, an important decision affirming federal preemption of California contract and consumer-protection laws in the student-lending industry.
Ms. Simonetti frequently speaks on topics related to class action litigation and settlements, including the Class Action Fairness Act. She also makes presentations to both in-house counsel and business representatives with respect to current developments, addressing strategies for minimizing the risk of class action litigation and for effectively defending such actions if they are filed.