A.J. De Bartolomeo is a partner at Girard Gibbs with more than twenty years of experience in large-scale mass, class and collective actions, including cases involving personal injury, securities, antitrust, consumer protection, and copyright laws.
Ms. De Bartolomeo has served as court-appointed lead counsel and class counsel in class actions throughout the United States, and has represented hundreds of people injured by defective pharmaceutical medications and medical devices, such as Zyprexa, Vytorin, Medtronic medical devices, NuvaRing, Yaz & Yasmin birth control, Actos, and transvaginal mesh implants.
Ms. De Bartolomeo is currently appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Yaz & Yasmin birth control litigation (MDL 2100) and she also serves as Co-Chair of the Law and Briefing Committee. She is also appointed to the Steering Committee in Pradaxa blood thinner personal injury and product liability lawsuits (MDL 2385), coordinated in federal court in East St. Louis, as well as Actos diabetes drug personal injury and product liability lawsuits (MDL 2299), coordinated in the Western District of Louisiana.
Ms. De Bartolomeo has expertise in class action settlement approval, class notice and claims administration procedures, as well as the collection of class action recoveries and fraudulent transfer recoveries in bankruptcy proceedings. She frequently speaks on consumer and securities class actions, as well as the settlement approval process before defense law firms, institutional investors and government committees.
Ms. De Bartolomeo was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2013), and has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell. In July 2012, she was elected as an officer of the Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus of the American Association of Justice.
Matthew George is a partner at Girard Gibbs with a practice focused on employment, privacy, and consumer fraud cases.
Matthew has been successful in obtaining unpaid overtime for employees in over a dozen cases under the FLSA. He recently worked to generate a $9.9 million settlement on behalf of merchandiser employees in a lawsuit against Acosta Sales & Marketing. He has also won a two-week arbitration on behalf of misclassified employees against a Fortune 500 company. Matthew has recovered over $10 million for employees in cases alleging violations of the WARN Act and served on the lead counsel teams obtaining significant recoveries in consumer fraud cases against major companies including Chase, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrellgas.
Matthew is currently a member of the co-lead counsel team in a class action lawsuit, In re Yahoo Mail Litigation, which alleges that Yahoo’s email scanning practices violate state and federal wiretap laws. He also represents consumers in a lawsuit against Health Net, one of the nation’s largest HMOs, alleging Health Net violated medical privacy laws when server drives that contained personal and medical information of two million patients went missing.
For the past three years Matthew has been selected as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers and has been a regular speaker at industry events on topics ranging from arbitration, settlement strategies, and the emerging field of privacy law. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).
Matthew is a 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received his undergraduate degree in political science and criminal justice, magna cum laude, from Chapman University in 2002, where he was a Presidential Scholar.
Eric H. Gibbs is a partner at Girard Gibbs representing plaintiffs in a broad range of cases, including employment, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, as well as consumer class actions. He has achieved significant recoveries on behalf of his clients, and has served as court-appointed lead counsel, class counsel and liaison counsel in numerous class and collective actions in state and federal courts, and in arbitration actions, throughout the United States.
Mr. Gibbs' experience prosecuting large-scale class and collective actions includes cases involving defective products, telecommunications, credit cards, unfair competition, false advertising, truth-in-lending, product liability, credit repair, employment misclassification and wage and hour under both state and federal law.
Mr. Gibbs has been widely recognized for his professional excellence and achievements, and has been selected by numerous publications as a leading lawyer in the field of Class and Mass Actions. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 guide for Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions, and was honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2010-2013) (Top 100 in Northern California). He earned an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing him in the highest class for professional ethics and legal skills. Mr. Gibbs frequently lectures on class action related issues and serves on the Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of California and on Public Justice's Class Action Preservation Project. He is a former co-chair of AAJ's Class Action Litigation Group and former editor of the Class Action Litigation Group's Quarterly Newsletter.
Daniel C. Girard is the founder and managing partner of Girard Gibbs LLP, where he serves as the firm’s lead litigation counsel.
Mr. Girard is nationally recognized as one of the top plaintiff-side lawyers in the United States with an expertise in class actions and complex business litigation. For more than 25 years, he has successfully represented plaintiffs in cases involving shareholder rights, securities, antitrust, consumer, telecommunications, and civil rights laws.
Recognized by his peers and the judiciary for his professional excellence, Mr. Girard has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2013) for his work in class action and securities litigation. Best Lawyers additionally named him the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs. Mr. Girard has been consistently honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2007-2013), and has also earned the distinction of being included among the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Northern California. He has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, and was featured in the 2012 edition of San Francisco’s Top AV-Preeminent Rated Lawyers.
Mr. Girard was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve two terms on the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, where he evaluated and implemented proposed changes to the procedural rules governing U.S. federal courts. He has repeatedly been recognized by the federal judiciary as an expert on class actions and complex litigation.
Mr. Girard has litigated many of the firm’s most high profile, precedent-setting cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on his clients’ behalf. He has served as counsel to several public and private institutional investors in securities litigation matters both domestically and abroad, and he assists in the prosecution of several international arbitration proceedings on behalf of European clients.
Mr. Girard has appeared on CNBC and FOX News and has published opinion pieces in The National Law Journal and Legal Times. His cases have been chronicled in major financial and news publications including The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and Forbes. He is a frequent speaker on class actions, complex litigation and related topics for legal groups throughout the country, and has served as a guest lecturer at several law schools, including Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), UC Davis Law School, and UC Hastings College of the Law. He served as a Senior Visiting Fellow for Duke University Law School’s 2013 Wintersession program.
Dylan Hughes is a partner at Girard Gibbs specializing in the prosecution of class actions. He represents plaintiffs in cases involving defective products, telecommunications, credit cards, product liability, credit repair, employment misclassification and wage and hour under state and federal laws.
Mr. Hughes has extensive experience prosecuting complex automobile-defect cases and helped achieve recoveries on behalf of class members in the In Re General Motors Dex-Cool Cases (settlement of $50 to $800 cash reimbursements per class member vehicle repair) and In Re General Motors Cases, JCCP No. 4396, a certified California state court class action against General Motors alleging violations of California’s “Secret Warranty” law, California Civil Code § 1794.90 et seq. Mr. Hughes is currently involved in the Parkinson v. Hyundai Motor America lawsuit, a class action against Hyundai for engaging in unfair and deceptive practices by selling vehicles with defective flywheel systems, which was recently granted class certification.
Mr. Hughes is a 2000 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. Mr. Hughes was a spring 2000 extern for the Honorable Charles A. Legge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Before joining Girard Gibbs, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Paul A. Mapes, Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor. He was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.
John A. Kehoe is a partner in our New York office specializing in the prosecution of securities and financial fraud cases on behalf of institutional clients and individual investors.
Mr. Kehoe has served as court-appointed lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous securities and antitrust class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Kehoe was a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP representing institutional investors in securities class actions and direct actions, and was previously associated with Clifford Chance LLP, a London-based global law firm where he represented Fortune 500 companies in securities and antitrust civil litigation, and in enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Kehoe is a frequent speaker at conferences on securities litigation issues and has presented for the Rights and Responsibilities for Institutional Investors (Amsterdam, Netherlands), European Pensions Symposium (Marbella, Spain), 2009 ICGN Annual Conference (Sydney, Australia) and the 2011 European Investment Roundtable (Stockholm, Sweden), among others. He is a program faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and serves as an adjunct faculty member with the Trial Advocacy Training Program at the Louisiana State University School of Law.
Mr. Kehoe is a 1997 graduate, magna cum laude, of Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, Associate Member of the Syracuse Moot Court Board, and Alternate Member on the National Appellate Team. Mr. Kehoe received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont and his undergraduate degree from DePaul University. He is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania Bars, and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before receiving his law degree, Mr. Kehoe served as a police officer in the State of Vermont, and was a member of the Special Reaction Team, the Major Accident Investigation Team, and received advanced police instruction from the Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management.
Geoffrey A. Munroe is a partner at Girard Gibbs representing plaintiffs in high-profile class action and mass tort cases in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. He was selected as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers (2010-2013), recognizing him as one of the best young attorneys practicing in Northern California. He is the co-author of "Consumer Class Actions in the Wake of Daugherty v. American Honda Motor Company," CAOC's Forum Magazine, January/February 2009, and a frequent contributor to the Class Action Litigation Group Newsletter of the American Association for Justice.
Mr. Munroe is a 2003 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, Business Law & Policy and Computer Law. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. Mr. Munroe is a member of the Public Justice Class Action Preservation Project Committee, the Class Action Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.
Jonathan K. Levine is a partner at Girard Gibbs specializing in the prosecution of securities and financial fraud cases. With more than 20 years of litigation experience, Mr. Levine has served in a leadership capacity in numerous complex class actions in federal courts throughout the United States and in state courts in California.
Mr. Levine has successfully prosecuted over 20 securities fraud actions, including cases of complex accounting fraud, Ponzi schemes and shareholder derivative actions against corporate officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duty. He represents SEC whistleblowers, as well as consumers who have been victimized by timeshare companies, often through the imposition of unreasonable restrictions, unfair changes to timeshare rules, and unauthorized charges and fees. In addition, Mr. Levine has represented consumers in several data security breach class actions.
He regularly speaks on issues involving securities litigation under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, consumer fraud and predatory lending litigation, computer discovery and electronic data retention risk control class actions. He was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013.
Dena C. Sharp is a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP who has dedicated her practice to representing plaintiffs in complex litigation throughout the United States. She specializes in the day-to-day case management of multifaceted, high-profile cases, and has developed expertise directing complex electronic discovery projects in lawsuits including In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Securities and ERISA Litigation, In re SLM Corporation Securities Litigation, Billitteri v. Securities America, Inc., In re Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Group Securities Litigation, and In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation.
Ms. Sharp is an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the leading think tank on e-discovery. She has contributed to federal rule making process by assisting in drafting proposed revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that have been presented to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. Ms. Sharp is also a member of the American Bar Association, where she has served as Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division Litigation Committee, and the Federal Bar Association
Ms. Sharp has been selected every year since 2009 as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers, recognizing her as one of the best young attorneys practicing in Northern California. She speaks frequently on discovery issues around the country and has served on the faculty of The Sedona Conference Institute, a continuing legal education program featuring federal and state court judges, seasoned litigators, and in-house counsel. She is the co-author of "Four Views of Consumer Fraud," CAOC's Forum Magazine, May/June 2012, among other articles.
Ms. Sharp is a 2006 graduate, cum laude, of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and was the recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award. She was also the recipient of the Witkin award in her Legal Writing and Criminal Law courses. She received her undergraduate degree in history, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1997. Ms. Sharp was a summer 2005 extern for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Ms. Sharp also served as a spring 2005 extern for the Honorable John E. Munter, San Francisco Superior Court. She is fluent in Spanish and German, and is admitted to the California Bar. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.
David Stein is a partner at Girard Gibbs who specializes in consumer protection and financial fraud cases.
Mr. Stein has represented consumers against a number of Fortune 100 companies. He helped generate a $25 million settlement in an automobile defect lawsuit involving Honda and Acura vehicles, and cash reimbursements for purchasers of Prius vehicles in a lawsuit against Toyota. Currently, Mr. Stein represents consumers against Ford Motor Company in a lawsuit alleging that the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid vehicles do not achieve the MPG rating that Ford advertised.
Mr. Stein is also representing investors in a lawsuit against U.S. Bank arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. Former Peregrine customers are seeking to recover more than $200 million that was stolen from them out of an account at U.S. Bank. Prior to the Peregrine litigation, Mr. Stein helped secure 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.
Before joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Stein served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes, and published the article, Wrong Problem, Wrong Solution: How Congress Failed the American Consumer, 23 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 619 (2007).
For the last two years Mr. Stein has been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers.
Amanda M. Steiner specializes in the prosecution of complex securities and consumer class actions. She helped achieve recoveries on behalf of class members in Billitteri v. Securities America, Inc., ($150 million settlement achieved on behalf Provident Royalties and Medical Capital investors). She is currently involved in the prosecution of In re SLM Corporation Securities Litigation, securities fraud litigation on behalf of investors in SLM common stock, recently granted class certification. She also participates in the firm’s representation of structured note-holders in the In re Lehman Brothers Equity/Debt Securities Litigation.
Ms. Steiner is a 1997 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (1995-96) and Articles Editor for the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal (1994-97). She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Carleton College in 1991. Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Ms. Steiner handled a variety of complex litigation matters, including cases involving defective products, employment, real estate development, construction issues, commercial and real estate contracts, mortgages and trust deeds, and lender-related disputes.
Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Steiner served as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, and also worked as a law clerk for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Alameda County District Attorney, and the Hopi Appellate Court Clinic and Tribal Law Project. She is admitted to the California, New York and Washington Bars. She was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.
Matias Bustamante is a 2011 graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. In 2008 he graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Economics. Before joining Girard Gibbs, he was a summer law clerk with Oakland’s Office of the City Attorney, a law clerk with a personal injury firm in Los Angeles, and an attorney specializing in document review with various firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Bustamante is admitted to the California bar.
Kristin Calson Christensen is an associate in Girard Gibbs' San Francisco office. She received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Ms. Christensen was a member of the Employment Law Clinic appearing before the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Labor Commission and the Federal Merit Systems Protection Board, representing indigent clients against employers in matters involving illegal withholding of wages, employment discrimination and wrongful termination.
Ms. Christensen also clerked with the City Attorney's Office of San Francisco in the Spring and Summer terms of 2011, and worked as a Law Professor's Research Assistant in Human Rights Law. She received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. She was admitted to the California Bar in December 2012.
Scott Grzenczyk is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he was the Chair of the Moot Court Board and the Executive Editor of the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. Scott was the recipient of the Witkin Award for Legal Research and Writing, Best Brief and Best Advocate awards in his moot court class, and numerous awards at national moot court competitions. He was also a member of the Law School’s national mock trial team and the law school faculty named him as a member of the Order of the Barristers. Scott received his undergraduate degree in political science and certificate in political theory from Princeton University in 2006. Scott has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Heidi Hansen Kalscheur is an associate with the firm and a 2012 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Heidi was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Hastings Appellate Project. She was also a Senior Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and authored ‘About “Face”: Using Moral Rights to Increase Copyright Enforcement in China’ 39 Hastings Const. L.Q. 513 (2012). While at Hastings, she was part of a national championship moot court team and a member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Heidi received her Master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin. She was a summer extern for the Honorable Carla Woehrle of the United States District Court in Los Angeles. Heidi is admitted to the California Bar.
Elizabeth A. Kramer is a 2013 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. As a member of the Investor Justice Clinic, Ms. Kramer represented individuals before FINRA and in settlement negotiations to resolve alleged wrongdoing by securities firms. She was also on the board of the Women's Law Association as chair of community outreach. Ms. Kramer graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology.
Phyra M. McCandless is an associate at the firm with experience representing plaintiffs in complex product liability litigation, including pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts, and whistleblowers in health care fraud actions.
Ms. McCandless is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law where she was a member of Law Review and was selected to deliver her class commencement speech. As part of Law Review, she wrote and published The Fallacy of Mandating Contraceptive Equity: Why Laws That Protect Women with Health Insurance Deepen Institutional Discrimination, 42 U.S.F. L. Rev. 1115 (2008).”
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Ms. McCandless represented plaintiffs in asbestos and tobacco litigation at Brayton Purcell LLP. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco where she researched and co-authored “Quid Pro Quo: Tobacco Companies and the Black Press” in the American Journal of Public Health, as well as co-authored commissioned white papers on menthol for the Food and Drug Administration. Ms. McCandless has also served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, coordinating the local law student pro bono project at the Public Interest Clearinghouse (now OneJustice). She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Bar Association, and holds leadership positions in the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Ms. McCandless is admitted to practice in California State Court, the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jennifer McIntosh focuses her practice on class action cases, qui tam (whistleblower), and commercial litigation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. McIntosh was awarded her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. At the University of Iowa she served as a moot court judge and was awarded the Boyd Service Award distinction.
Jennifer is a former clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. While at the United States Attorney’s Office, she worked on several False Claims Act cases, including a case involving agriculture insurance fraud and a pharmaceutical fraud case. She is also a former intern for the Honorable Judge Artis Reis, of the 5th Judicial District Court of Iowa. Ms. McIntosh is a member of the American Association for Justice, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and Taxpayers Against Fraud. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2009.
Rachel Naor is a 2012 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where she served as a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and as a research assistant for Professor Clyde Spillenger. She was a summer extern for the Honorable Gary A. Feess of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Naor received her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Spanish from UC Berkeley in 2007. Ms. Naor is admitted to the California Bar.
Adam Polk is an associate with the firm and a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, Mr. Polk externed for Judges Sandra Brown Armstrong and Claudia Wilken, Article III judges for the Northern District of California. Mr. Polk was also active in moot court, chairing the team and winning multiple awards for both oral and written advocacy. Adam received his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from UCLA.
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Adam spent three years at the McNamara law firm, one of the largest firms in the east bay, where he defended and prosecuted a wide variety of civil litigation matters ranging from catastrophic injury and wrongful death to commercial liability. Mr. Polk has extensive (100+) deposition, law and motion, ADR and trial experience. In 2013, Mr. Polk was selected by his peers as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers.
Lesley Vittetoe Tepper is a 2010 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the Investor Justice Clinic, assisting investors in legal actions involving allegations of wrongdoing by securities firms. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Southern California in 2007. Ms. Tepper was a spring 2010 extern for the Honorable William Alsup of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Ms. Tepper represented investors in securities arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against brokers and brokerage firms. She is a member of the California Bar.
Ashley Tveit is an associate with the firm and a 2010 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the Investor Justice Clinic and served as a summer law clerk to the California Attorney General’s Civil Antitrust division. She earned a graduate degree in international relations from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has previously worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and provides pro bono services through the San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program. Ms. Tveit is admitted to the California bar.
Linh Vuong is a 2012 graduate of the University of San Francisco, School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the USF Law Review and a member of the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic. She was the recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in her Legal Ethics course, Best Oral Argument award in her moot court class, and the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Certificate with honors. Ms. Vuong was also a spring 2012 extern and post-bar volunteer law clerk for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District of California in Oakland. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and Asian American Studies from UCLA in 2006 and was on the Winter 2004 and Winter 2006 Dean’s Honor List. Ms. Vuong is admitted to the California Bar.
Amy Zeman is a 2010 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and served on the Hastings Law Journal. She received her undergraduate degrees in German and Art History and Archaeology, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri in 1998. Ms. Zeman was a spring 2010 extern for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She is admitted to the California Bar.
Michael Danko is a renowned trial lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience. He represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries, as well as families of wrongful death victims in cases involving product defects, defective medications and medical devices, airplane and helicopter accidents, and dangerous structures. He has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, and has won numerous eight-figure verdicts on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Danko represents dozens of victims of a Pacific Gas & Electric gas explosion and serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in a California state coordinated proceeding San Bruno Fire Cases, JCCP No. 4648. He also serves on the Science Committee for Plaintiffs in In Re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2100.
In 2009, he won a $15 million jury verdict for a client injured by a defective aircraft part, which has earned him a nomination for 2009 California Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Mr. Danko’s trial advocacy has helped bring about significant reforms and changes to corporate policies as well. As lead counsel in In Re Deep Vein Thrombosis Litigation, MDL No. 04-1606 (N.D. Cal.) he represented more than one hundred air travelers who had suffered strokes, pulmonary emboli, or heart attacks as a result of airline-induced blood clots. He developed theories of liability and proof regarding the cause of his clients’ injuries that lead to virtually every major air carrier warning air travelers about the risks of deep vein thrombosis and the steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks. Mr. Danko also represented parents of children who were injured or killed by a popular candy made by a foreign manufacturer. His work in proving that the candy’s unusual ingredients and consistency made it a choking hazard resulted in the candy being removed from Costco and Albertson’s stores nationwide, and helped lead the FDA to ban the candy from further import into the United States.
He has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since the award’s inception in 2004. He is a Lawdragon 500 finalist. In 2010, he was named one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California, where he serves on the board of governors. Mr. Danko received his AB degree from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude in 1980 and earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.
Kristine Keala Meredith is a trial attorney specializing in product liability litigation.
Ms. Meredith served on the Law and Motion committee in In Re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2100, where she assisted in the successful opposition to 15 Daubert motions in fewer than three weeks.
She served as co-lead counsel in In Re Deep Vein Thrombosis Litigation, MDL No. 1606, representing more than one hundred air travelers who suffered strokes, pulmonary emboli, or heart attacks as a result of airline-induced blood clots. As a result of the work done in the case, virtually every major air carrier began warning air travelers about the risks of deep vein thrombosis and the steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks.
She was one of the trial attorneys in Burdett v. Teledyne Continental Motors, a case involving brain injuries suffered in an airplane crash, which resulted in a jury verdict of $15 million. She was also a trial attorney in Dunn v. State of Hawaii, a traumatic brain injury case that resulted in a judgment of $2.2 million. She obtained the terminating sanctions in Jing-Li v. Sheng Hsiang Jen Foods, paving the way for a $50 million result for the plaintiffs in that case.
Before devoting her practice to representing plaintiffs, Ms. Meredith worked on the national defense counsel teams for medical device manufacturers in multi-district litigation including, In re Silicone Gel Breast Implants Product Liability Litigation MDL No. 926; and In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Product Liability Litigation MDL No. 1014. She also represented doctors and hospitals in defense of medical malpractice actions, where she worked with some of the world's leading medical experts.
In 2010, Ms. Meredith was named a Northern California Super Lawyer. She is currently an officer of the American Association for Justice and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California. She is a former chair of the Minority Issues Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association Barrister Club.
She obtained her B.S. with honors from the University of California at Davis and was awarded a scholarship to attend Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. While in law school, she was awarded the Distinguished Student Service Award and spent a semester at Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C., as a member of the faculty/student diversity exchange.
Kristen Boffi is Senior Litigation Assistant responsible for general oversight of litigation assistant staff and mass tort case administration at Girard Gibbs. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2008 with a double major in English and Spanish Language and Literature. Kristen is fluent in Spanish and spent the first semester of her third year studying Spanish art history, economics, and grammar at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. During her years at Santa Clara, Kristen also served as the Managing Editor for the university’s undergraduate newspaper, The Santa Clara. Kristen is a member of San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, where she serves on the Programs and Special Events Committee.
Alexandra Jones is a litigation assistant with Girard Gibbs working directly with clients and assisting attorneys on medical mass tort, employment law and consumer protection litigation. She received a B.A. in Political Science, with a focus on political economy and international relations from the University of California Berkeley in 2010. Alexandra was a volunteer intern for the California Student Public Interest Research Group, a student based organization that focuses on political issues such as renewable energy and UC tuition increases. Prior to her employment at Girard Gibbs she was an assistant contract administrator at a venture capital group.
Navneet Mattu is a litigation assistant with Girard Gibbs working on consumer protection and employment litigation, as well as development. Navneet received a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2013. During her undergraduate studies Navneet interned with The Raben Group in Washington, D.C. focusing on public policy research for civil rights, education, and healthcare groups. Prior to her employment at Girard Gibbs Navneet worked as an Air Resources Technician with the California Air Resources Board where she assisted with California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.
Ellen Obletz is a litigation assistant with Girard Gibbs working on consumer protection and employment litigation as well as new case development. Ellen graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a major in International Studies and minors in Political Science and Economics. During her undergraduate studies Ellen interned with the district office of U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter (Colorado District 7) focusing on constituent services and legislative research. She also assisted with volunteer coordination on the Congressman’s successful reelection campaign. Prior to Girard Gibbs, Ellen worked with the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society and lobbied at the state and federal level to keep cancer research a national priority.
Mari is a litigation assistant with Girard Gibbs working on securities fraud cases. Mari received her M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University in 2013. Prior to her graduate studies, Mari served as an AmeriCorps VISTA developing a job training program for under-resourced Hawaii youth, and completed a legislative fellowship in Washington, DC with Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono. Mari received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in English from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2010.