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Gretchen Freeman Cappio

Gretchen Freeman Cappio

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

Seattle, WA, USA


Twenty years ago, Gretchen Freeman Cappio was drawn to study law because she wanted to serve people in need of a strong voice in our nation’s legal system. Today, Gretchen is committed to serving her clients with the integrity and passion that led her to study law in the first place.

Gretchen is privileged to work on behalf of a diverse group of deserving clients. She only takes cases she truly believes in. Whether the case involves a family who paid a premium for a so-called environmentally-friendly car that actually spews toxins, a municipality that needs a corporation to clean up its own pollution, or hard-working fishers in need of representation against big oil, Gretchen is proud to serve her clients with integrity. Gretchen strives to be—and is humbled to have been called—a lawyer’s lawyer. She takes it as a powerful compliment when those in her own profession, as well as physicians, professors, parents and environmentalists, among others, repeatedly call on her when they are in need of excellent, caring representation in the face of long odds.

Gretchen takes on litigation that makes a difference, and she has achieved meaningful results.

The cutting-edge and complex matters she has litigated include Village of Rockton, Ill. v. Sonoco Prods. Co., No. 14-cv-50228 (N.D. Ill.), where she represents a town against a paper products company that left behind an environmental disaster and eyesore for the community. Additionally, Gretchen represented parents who discovered their children’s products were contaminated and unsafe in In re Mattel, Inc., No. 2:07-ML-01897 (C.D. Cal.) (multidistrict litigation regarding hazardous lead-contaminated and magnetic toys). In another prominent consumer class action, her work as co-lead counsel against a major national bank led to the settlement of In re JPMorgan Chase Mortg. Modification Litig., No. 1:11-md-2290 (D. Mass.), which resulted in improved home mortgage modification processes for certain homeowners nationwide.

Gretchen is a litigation leader with respect to privacy issues. She represented plaintiffs in Krottner v. Starbucks, where the Ninth Circuit found plaintiffs had standing to sue, holding that plaintiffs alleged a “credible threat of real and immediate harm stemming from the theft of a laptop containing their unencrypted personal data.” 628 F.3d 1139, 1143 (9th Cir. 2010). In another cutting-edge privacy case, Gretchen represented plaintiffs in Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., 141 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2001), a class action brought on behalf of employees. Erickson established that an employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when its comprehensive insurance coverage plan singled out women and failed to cover certain prescriptions vital to women’s health care.

Whether representing employees, municipalities, or families facing difficult circumstances, Gretchen fights for justice and has a record of success. Gretchen works tirelessly to level the playing field for her clients, giving them a powerful voice in our legal system. Among Gretchen’s all-time favorite pieces of mail is a photograph of a satisfied client and her son holding a homemade, hand-written sign that simply says “Thank you Mrs. Cappio.”

2015 PRESENTATIONS

Panelist, HarrisMartin MDL Conference Volkswagen and Pharmaceutical Update: RICO and Additional Defendants, December 2, 2015

Panelist, Bridgeport Volkswagen Class Action & MDL Seminar – Diesel Emissions Scandal, November 23, 2015

Panelist, HarrisMartin Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Litigation Conference: RICO and Additional Defendants, October 27, 2015

Panelist, Law Seminars International, The Eleventh Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions: “Data Breaches: Cases at the Intersection of Class Actions and Internet Technology,” June 4, 2015

Panelist, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Meeting 17th Annual Spring Conference – Solutions in Seattle: A View From the Trenches: What’s Working and What’s Not Working with Mediators, April 16, 2015

PRACTICE EMPHASIS

  • Class Actions
  • Consumer and Employee Protection
  • Data Breach
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Employee Benefits and Retirement Security
  • Fiduciary Breach
  • Financial Products and Services
  • State and Local Government
  • Whistleblower

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College - B.A., magna cum laude, 1995

University of Washington School of Law - J.D., 1999

Gretchen Freeman Cappio is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ponemon Institute 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: United States, Benchmark Research Sponsored by IBM Independently Conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC (June 2016) - 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Monday, May 08, 2017
Data Security and Privacy Issues (PowerPoint slides) - 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Monday, May 08, 2017
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