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Spencer Persson


Spencer Persson

Los Angeles

T:+1 213 892 9223

Spencer Persson joined the Los Angeles office in October 2004.  He represents clients in the financial services, insurance, technology, manufacturing, consumer protection, and retail sectors in complex commercial litigation, cyber security, and class action matters. 

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  • Education

    JD, University of Southern California Law School, 2004
    BA, cum laude, Government and Economics, Claremont McKenna College, 1998

    While in law school, Spencer was the National Moot Court Team Captain and a Hale Moot Court Honors Program Finalist.  He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He was admitted to practice law in California in 2004.

  • Representative experience
    • Serving as lead counsel for an insurance company in consumer class action matters relating to a W-2 phishing data breach.
    • Serving as lead counsel for a corporation in a data breach class action alleging the loss of individual health information.
    • Served as lead counsel for an entertainment company in a data breach class action alleging the loss of its employees' personal information.  The case was favorably settled at the pleading stage for a small fraction of the alleged damages.
    • Successfully petitioned for California Supreme Court review regarding the proper scope of discovery under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).  The matter is still pending.
    • Served as lead counsel representing a men's clothing retailer in a breach of contract and fraud action before a private arbitrator.  Following a four day hearing, the client received a full award of the damages sought as well as attorneys' fees and costs. 
    • Represented a natural health and beauty product retailer in a data breach class action lawsuit alleging negligence resulting from the loss of employee information in an email phishing scam.  The matter was dismissed at the pleading stage.
    • Represented a large retailer in a matter alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  The case was favorably settled at the pleading stage for a small fraction of the alleged damages.
    • Defended a homeopathic drug manufacturer in multiple, nationwide class actions asserting misrepresentation of product efficacy.  The first of those cases went to trial in September 2015, and the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense.
    • Served as lead counsel in the defense of financial services firms and brokers both in court proceedings and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including a 5-day arbitration proceeding in January 2013 where the three person panel unanimously denied all claims in their entirety and an arbitration proceeding in September 2016 that was scheduled for three days but where the three person panel granted a motion for directed verdict after a 90 minute cross-examination of the claimant.
    • Represented a Los Angeles cosmetics manufacturer in a contractual dispute where the plaintiff claimed he was entitled to a percentage of the manufacturer's gross profits (approaching $8 million) based on a purported introduction to a client.  After a two-week jury trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict. 
    • Represented a Hong Kong businessman in a commercial dispute against Las Vegas Sands, Inc. ("LVS") relating to services rendered in assisting LVS in obtaining its gaming license in Macau, China, securing a $70 million judgment following a thirty-three day Nevada state court jury trial. 
    • Represented one of the Big 4 accounting firms in an action alleging it failed to supervise the security of a major corporation's prize promotions, thereby permitting the theft of millions of dollars of prizes.  Following extensive motion practice that eliminated all but one of the plaintiff's causes of action, the case was favorably settled for a fraction of the alleged damages. 
    • Represented a death row inmate in habeas corpus proceedings.  The writ was granted by the United States District Court for the Central District of California following an evidentiary hearing to evaluate the credibility of witnesses testifying on behalf of the petitioner. 
    • Represented several corporations in actions alleging unfair business practices, including in a matter that resulted in a published California appellate decision that interpreted the limitations imposed by Proposition 64.  That matter was dismissed due to the plaintiff's failure to allege that she had suffered "injury in fact."
    • Served as lead counsel in three jury trials on behalf of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Compton Branch, as part of the Trial Advocacy Project.
  • Admissions
    • California State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Southern California Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018
    • Southern California Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2012 - 2016
  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Cyber Security and Data Privacy Law Update," Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California, June 15, 2017.
    • "California Class Actions alleging Consumer Fraud, Data Breach, TCPA, and PAGA Violations:  Early Strategies, Class Certification, and Trial," Norton Rose Fulbright's Litigation School for Corporate Counsel, September 21, 2016. 
    • "Breaking Bad? Liability for Sale of Defective and/or Recalled Parts," United Recyclers Group LLC's 2016 Training Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 28-30, 2016.
  • Memberships and activities
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association