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Douglas Thompson handles class actions and complex litigation matters and represents institutions and others in related regulatory investigations. In addition, Mr. Thompson is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. In this role, he leads initiatives focused on strategic growth, client service, diversity and professional development. From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Thompson led the firm's Class and Derivative Actions Practice Group. In that role, he oversaw the class action and complex litigation practice involving more than 125 lawyers and coordinated strategic initiatives and innovation related to that practice.

Mr. Thompson represents financial services institutions and other businesses defending against putative consumer class action matters in federal and state courts across the country. Over his career, he has represented clients in more than 200 putative class actions. In connection with these matters, he has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal district courts.

For financial institution clients, he has defended claims under federal consumer lending laws such as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), commercial banking laws including claims regarding swaps products and know your customer rules, alleged Ponzi schemes, as well as claims for violations of state unfair and deceptive acts or practices (UDAP) statutes. For other businesses, including technology and retail sector companies, he has defended a variety of statutory claims arising from operations and sales production, as well as UDAP, fraud and unjust enrichment challenges.

Mr. Thompson has counseled clients with respect to regulatory and government agency investigations and other complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients both in defending and asserting unfair competition, breach of contract, and trade secret claims, as well as claims for alleged violations of representation and warranties.

Mr. Thompson has counseled clients in implementing quantitative risk assessment protocols, electronic discovery/ESI protocols, preferred litigation provider networks, vendor management protocols, and legal matter management technology. He is experienced in developing alternative pricing for litigation and has represented class action clients under such arrangements. He also a leading supporter of the firm's mentoring, associate development and innovation programs, having presented several times at the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Business Academy and acted as a leader in the firm's TechX innovation incubator.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thompson spent more than a decade leading litigation and related legal administration strategy in corporate law departments. In this capacity, he managed a national financial services institution’s portfolios of consumer finance, employment, commercial, and securities litigation and class actions. Mr. Thompson’s extensive in-house experience enables him to focus litigation strategy and resources to address the issues most critical to institutional clients.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • United Way of Greater Los Angeles – Tocqueville Society Cabinet Co-Chair, 2018-present; Member, 2017-present
    • Constitutional Rights Foundation – Executive Committee of Board, 2014-present; Director, 2005-present  
    • Civil Justice Association of California – Director, 2003-2008
    • California Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Transition Working Group for Civil Justice – Member, 2003
    • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating
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    • Civil Justice Association of California – Director, 2003-2008
    • California Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Transition Working Group for Civil Justice – Member, 2003
    • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating
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    • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, Litigation and Business Law Sections
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Association of Corporate Counsel (2003-2008)
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Association of Corporate Counsel (2003-2008)
    • Association of Corporate Counsel (2003-2008)
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Representative Experience

Financial Services Representations

  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action pending in Central District of California alleging against a global banking institution violations of Bank Secrecy Act and know your customer requirements in connection with consumer bank deposits and an alleged investment Ponzi scheme
  • Obtained dismissal of commercial lending claims brought against national bank in California federal court alleging unfair practices and breach of SWAP contract.
  • Obtained dismissal of putative statewide Texas class action claims against national bank alleging the Texas home equity loan modifications violated state law pending in Northern District of Texas.
  • Defeated class certification of putative class action pending in Southern District of California federal court alleging national bank entity's purported wrongful breach of contract arising from loan modification offers and loss mitigation efforts
  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action alleging unfair and deceptive loan servicing practices for national loan servicer in Guam federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of putative national FDCPA class action for national loan servicer in Indiana federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of putative California statewide class action, alleging claims for improper late charges, for national bank subsidiary in California federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of two putative nationwide class actions alleging violations of TILA notice requirements and obtained favorable individual settlements for national bank entities in Alabama federal court
  • Successfully moved to strike putative statewide class allegations in case alleging improper property preservation and foreclosure for national servicer in Kansas federal court
  • Defeated class certification and obtained individual summary judgment in putative California statewide class action against national lender alleging improper loan origination practices
  • Obtained summary judgment in putative Ohio federal court statewide class action matter alleging claims against national lender and loan servicer in connection with forced place insurance and loan origination and servicing
  • Obtained dismissal of two putative Georgia statewide class actions alleging foreclosure process challenges in Georgia federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of multimillion dollar claims in commercial arbitration matter for insurance services company involving claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of insurance producer agreement
  • Obtained favorable individual settlements for national mortgage lending entities and appraisal management company in multiple putative class action matters filed in various federal courts asserting claims for alleged RICO and RESPA violations in connection with home purchase finance and valuation
  • Obtained favorable individual settlement for national mortgage trustee and servicer in putative Illinois class action asserting allegations of unfair practices in connection with REO properties
  • Favorably resolved multi-plaintiff claims filed in Southern District of California federal court alleging RICO conspiracy and loan origination claims in connection with Florida property developments
  • Successfully represented national servicer in connection with putative class claims alleging improper payment processing
  • Advised national bank in regulatory foreclosure horizontal review regarding vendor management and foreclosure practices and notary requirements  

Other Business Representations

  • Obtained favorable individual settlement for social media technology services company in putative California statewide class action asserting claims for violation of state disclosure statutes.
  • Representing global food company to defend putative nationwide class action asserting claims for violation of unfair competition and advertising laws and other related claims regarding food product labeling and marketing. 
  • Advised retail sports electronics company regarding implementation of consumer arbitration provisions into terms of service and consumer warranty materials.
  • Advised social media technology services company regarding implementation of consumer arbitration provisions and class action waivers into terms of service. 

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "Class Action Litigation Risk Developments: Spokeo Standing & Stacked Damages Claims," speaker, Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference, Los Angeles, Calif., April 29, 2018
  • “Achieve Your Goals: Marrying the Business of Law with the Practice of Law,” speaker, The Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Roundtable CLEs, Los Angeles, Irvine and Calabasas, Calif., July 18-20, 2017; The Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California In-House Boot Camp, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017
  • “CFPB 2017 – Agency Priorities and Areas of Emphasis, and Industry Planning Moving Forward,” speaker, California Bankers Association Directors Conference & 50th Annual Bank Counsel Seminar, June 2017
  • American Conference Institute's 13th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, co-chair and panel moderator, January 2014
  • "The CFPB’s Regulatory and Enforcement Agenda: Changes on the Horizon and Adapting Your Practice in Anticipation of January 2014 Implementation Dates," speaker, American Conference Institute’s 12th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, September 2013
  • "Managing and Defending Against Class Actions: Prevailing Against New Plaintiff Strategies, Application and Impact of Concepcion and Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and Class Action Mortgage Trends in the State of California," conference co-chair and speaker, American Conference Institute's Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Forum, January 2013
  • "Dodd-Frank Section 1031 & UDAP Claims: Defining Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Practice Claims and What The New Standards Mean in the Hands of the CFPB," speaker, American Conference Institute Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation Conference, January 2012
  • "Making Home Affordable? An Analysis of Litigation Over Loan Modification: Best Defenses and Settlement Techniques," speaker, American Conference Institute Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation Conference, January 2011
  • “Truth-in-Lending: Responding to the Continuing Evolution of TILA and Its Case Law,” speaker, American Conference Institute Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation Conference, January 2010

Prior to 2010, Mr. Thompson served as a panelist, moderator, or speaker for a variety of industry conferences, including the American Conference Institute’s Consumer Finance Litigation & Class Actions Conference, the Association of Corporate Counsel-Southern California’s MCLE Conference, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s National Servicing Conference, and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s Class Action Litigation Working Groups.