David M. Arbogast concentrates his practice in complex and class action litigation, including consumer lending, tobacco, antitrust, consumer, and technology related matters. Mr. Arbogast was awarded AAJ’s New Lawyer of the Year Award in 1997 and appointed to AAJ’s Amicus Committee. He serves on the Board of Governors for Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), CAOC’s education and amicus committees, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Mr. Arbogast has authored numerous amici briefs and letters on behalf of consumers and employees. He is a member of the Belli Society and a founding member of CAOC’s Class Action Section. He is currently the cochair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, and a member of the Preemption Law Litigation Group. Arbogast Law, APC is located in Los Angeles, California.
Michael D. Donovan is a founding member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firm of Donovan Searles, LLC, and focuses his practice on securities and consumer class actions. From 1984 through 1987, Mr. Donovan was a trial and appellate attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Since entering private practice, he has served as colead counsel in numerous securities, consumer, and employment class actions. In the last four years he has tried to judgment four significant class actions: Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors America, Inc.; Braun and Hummel v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Little v. Kia Motors America, Inc.; and In re: Sovereign Bancorp Shareholders Litig. (settlement judgment after six days of preliminary injunction hearings). In 2002, Mr. Donovan obtained a landmark Truth in Lending Act decision from the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Rossman v. Fleet Bank (R.I.), N.A., 280 F.3d 384 (3d Cir. 2002), holding that a bank may not change a credit card promise of no annual fee. He also obtained landmark decisions from the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court and the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lemelledo v. Beneficial Finance Co., 674 A.2d 582 (N.J. App. Div. 1996), aff’d, 150 N.J. 255, 696 A.2d 546 (N.J. 1997), concerning loan and insurance packing. He argued and appeared on behalf of the consumer cardholders before the Supreme Court of the United States in Smiley v. Citibank (South Dakota), N.A., 517 U.S. 735 (1996). Mr. Donovan is a member of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group and Mandatory Arbitration Litigation Group.
Adam J. Levitt is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and leads the firm’s consumer practice group. He specializes in complex commercial, class action, and mass tort litigation in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, technology, and agricultural law. Mr. Levitt served as colead counsel In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation and In re: StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation. He presently serves in leadership roles in numerous class actions and other complex litigations. He sits on the board of advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and recently became an advisory board member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section, Products Liability Section, Class Action Litigation Group, and Qui Tam Litigation Group. Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. is located in Chicago, Illinois.
Douglas J. McNamara is of counsel with Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, PLLC, located in Washington, DC, where he is a member of their antitrust and consumer protection & unsafe products practice groups. He is presently teaching a course on environmental and toxic torts as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law. He is a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), and Class Action Litigation Group.
Roger L. Mandel concentrates his practice in consumer and insurance class action litigation and has served a lead and colead counsel in multiple class action across the country. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in the class action/mass torts category from the award’s inception in 2003 through 2014. In the award’s first year in 2014, he was named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in the class action category. He is a past president of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, a fellow of the Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations, and a Leaders Forum member of AAJ. Mr. Mandel sits on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Public Justice Foundation. Mr. Mandel actively speaks at continuing legal education seminars and symposiums across the country. He is a past cochair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group and a member of AAJ’s Insurance Law Section, Depuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, and Qui Tam Litigation Group. He is a partner in Lackey Hershman, L.L.P., located in Dallas, Texas.
Gary E. Mason concentrates his practice in consumer class actions and mass torts, with an emphasis on litigation involving defective construction materials. He has served as lead counsel or class counsel in numerous defective construction material class actions, including FRT plywood, polybutylene pipe, CCA wood, HTPV pipe, EIFS, Entran II and ACR concrete. He was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top forty lawyers in Washington, DC under the age of 40 and received a Public Justice Achievement Award for his work on the polybutylene pipe litigation. He is a past cochair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group and a member of the Chinese Drywall Litigation Group, Class Action Litigation Group, Preemption Law Litigation Group, and the Products Liability Section. Mr. Mason is the founding partner of Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP located in Washington, DC.
Robert S. Peck is the founder and president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, located in Washington, DC. Mr. Peck’s practice includes state and federal constitutional law, complex civil litigation, federal preemption, punitive damages, products liability, mass torts, consumer protection, Section 1983, and ERISA and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. He has taught advanced constitutional law and state constitutional law at The George Washington University Law School and American University Washington College of Law as a member of the adjunct faculty. He is cochair of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, chair of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice, and sits on the Board of Directors of Justice at Stake, and the steering committee of the Sedona Conference’s working group on mass torts and punitive damages. Mr. Peck is a past president of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and a past national chair of Lawyers for Libraries. He is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.
James J. Pizzirusso is a partner with Hausfeld LLP, located in Washington, DC. Mr. Pizzirusso heads Hausfeld LLP’s consumer protection practice group and has been appointed or served as lead counsel in numerous class actions including Wolph v. Acer, Inc., Radosti v. Envision EMI, LLC, and In re: Tyson Foods, Inc., Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Consumer Litigation. In 2012, Mr. Pizzirusso was named as one of four “Rising Stars under 40” by Law360 in consumer protection and privacy law. He is a member of AAJ’s Business Torts Section, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), and Class Action Litigation Group.
Gina M. Tufaro concentrates her practice in litigation involving antitrust violations, anticompetitive practices, complex commercial and contractual issues, consumer protection, employee benefit plans, ERISA, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder derivative actions. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Ms. Tufaro is a partner at Paradis Law Group, PLLC, located in New York, New York.
Jonathan K. Tycko focuses his practice in civil litigation, with special concentrations in whistleblower cases, consumer class actions, unfair competition litigation, employment litigation, and housing litigation. He has been “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubble and has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. He serves as a certified arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is also a member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Tycko founded Tycko & Zavareei LLP, which is located in Washington, DC.
Jenelle Welling is an attorney with Bramson, Plutzi, Mahler & Birkhaeuser, LLP located in Walnut Creek, California. She concentrates her practice in class actions, civil litigation, and products liability. Ms. Welling was named a Rising Star by California’s Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011. She is a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section.
Kenneth A. Wexler is the founder of Wexler Wallace, LLP located in Chicago, Illinois. His practice is devoted to complex class action and commercial litigation, which includes claims brought under federal and various state false claims statutes, and the securities and antitrust laws. Mr. Wexler has served as lead counsel in numerous cases including New England Carpenters Health Benefits Fund, et al. v. First DataBank, Inc. and McKesson Corporation, In re: Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation (MDL No. 1456), and Stender v. Cardwell, Tishman Speyer Development Corp., et al. He is an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he teaches complex litigation. Mr. Wexler was profiled in Fortune Magazine as one of America’s premier lawyers, has been sought by local, national and international media, including interviews by the London Economist, Property Week, and The Law Business Insider. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.