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July 2013

Fletcher C. Alford is a partner at the San Francisco office of Dentons. He has more than 20 years' experience defending a wide variety of class actions, including claims for consumer fraud, product liability, financial services non-disclosure, invasion of privacy, unfair competition, and insurance. He has tried three class actions, two to defense verdicts, and has an unparalleled record in defeating class certification.

Bernice Conn is a partner in Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi's Los Angeles office. Her national practice focuses on representing individual and business plaintiffs in class actions and complex disputes involving commercial and entertainment contracts, business torts, intellectual property, and antitrust claims. She was named one of California's Top Women Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal (2011) and a California Attorney of the Year for Entertainment Law by California Lawyer (2011).

Steven A. Ellis is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience defending class actions brought against financial institutions, insurance companies, and other corporations involving money transfers, credit card processing, and financial services. Many of these cases have involved allegations of consumer fraud, unfair business practices, breach of contract, and violations of federal and state statutes. Mr. Ellis clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg.

Layne H. Melzer is a partner with Rutan & Tucker. He's a member of the firm's trial department and chair of its unfair competition and class action practice group. His litigation experience includes class actions and other complex business disputes in federal and state courts. He has handled numerous high-stakes cases throughout the United States on behalf of a broad array of clients, including multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and a variety of governmental entities.

Brad W. Seiling is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and co-chairs the firm's class action practice group. His practice focuses on defending consumer class actions in state and federal courts through the appellate level. He has defended clients in the banking, financial services, direct-marketing, entertainment, advertising, electronic commerce, publishing, and insurance industries. Mr. Seiling also has significant trial experience in complex commercial litigation.

Ben Suter is a shareholder in Keesal, Young & Logan's San Francisco office. He has been defending class actions for 30 years. Mr. Suter focuses on the defense of investment and banking professionals (including attorneys) in complex securities matters, unfair business practices disputes, and regulatory matters. Mr. Suter has defended more than 60 class actions, "mass" actions, and private attorney general actions involving claims under various federal and state securities laws and consumer protection laws.

Steven B. Weisburd is a partner in Dechert's San Francisco and Austin offices and co-chair of its consumer class action group. With more than two decades of trial and appellate experience in consumer class actions, product liability, and complex business litigation, he has defeated class certification or otherwise prevailed on dispositive motions or at trial for major companies in the consumer goods and services, life sciences, communications, technology, financial services, and tobacco industries.

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