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July 2014

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.

Michael L. Mallow chairs Loeb & Loeb LLP's consumer class action and regulatory defense practice. A trial lawyer known for defending clients against aggressive consumer protection laws in regulatory and consumer class actions, he represents companies in a variety of areas including false and deceptive advertising, economic product defect, and breach of privacy. With more than 15 years of experience defending consumer class actions, he has never had a class certification motion granted against one of his clients.

Layne H. Melzer is a partner with Rutan & Tucker, where he specializes in litigation and trial work. His trial and arbitration experience includes complex business disputes, class and mass actions, real estate litigation, internal partnership and corporate disputes, false advertising/consumer claims, and public agency-related litigation. Mr. Melzer has been involved in numerous high-profile lawsuits in both Federal and State forums. Law & Politics magazine selected him as a "Southern California Super Lawyer," an honor bestowed upon just 5 percent of the Los Angeles/Orange County bar.

Joseph Saveri, one of the nation's premier plaintiffs' antitrust lawyers, represents business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, public officials, and consumers in antitrust, class actions, and other complex litigation. Joe has emerged as a national leader in the field. He has over 25 years' experience handling such matters, including cases involving financial services, computers, consumer electronics, labor, manufacturing, agricultural products, industrial inputs, pharmaceuticals, and other industries. Joe founded the Joseph Saveri Law Firm in 2012.

Brad W. Seiling is the co-chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillip's class action defense practice group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level, and he specializes in defending consumer class action lawsuits. His national class action experience ranges from challenges to the pleadings through trial and appeal. Mr. Seiling has extensive experience litigating certification issues, settling class actions, and defending settlements against objections.

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