Daniel M. Blouin
Chair of the Commercial Class Action Defense Practice Group 

Mr. Blouin is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is Chair of the national Commercial Class Action Defense Practice Group.  He has 25 years of experience defending class actions filed in state and federal courts around the country.  He has prepared and argued, both at the trial court and appellate court levels, numerous successful motions to dismiss false advertising and other consumer fraud class actions.  He also has defeated class certification in numerous cases around the country.  Mr. Blouin has extensive experience implementing and utilizing computer databases, extranets, and other litigation management technologies.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Esther Slater McDonald
Editor of Seyfarth’s Consumer Class Defense Blog

Ms. McDonald is the editor of the blog and counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She represents clients in complex litigation matters and has extensive experience in litigating dispositive motions and appeals, with special emphasis on complex procedural matters.  Ms. McDonald’s practice includes litigation on business torts, contractual disputes, and insurance coverage issues.  Her insurance practice focuses on bad faith and general liability.  Ms. McDonald has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the federal appeals and district courts, and various state and local courts.

Renee B. Appel

Ms. Appel is an associate in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Clients seeking an attorney who offers tailored counseling on Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance, risk management, and representation in financial fraud litigation and arbitration turn to Ms. Appel for guidance. Additionally, clients engaged in complex civil litigation in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia go to Ms. Appel for creative strategies and solutions. Clients and colleagues alike enjoy working with Ms. Appel because of the passion and high energy she invests into each matter.

Kristine Rinella Argentine

Ms. Argentine is a partner for the Litigation Department in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, including those which involve trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, and business torts, as well as franchisor/franchisee disputes.  In addition, Ms. Argentine has defended several consumer class actions filed in both state and federal courts around the country related to consumer fraud.

James R. Billings-Kang

Mr. Billings-Kang is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office. He concentrates his practice on litigation matters, with a particular focus in complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels.  He has significant experience in all facets of a lawsuit, with extensive deposition and courtroom familiarity.

David M. Bizar

Mr. Bizar is a partner in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Bizar co-chairs the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group and represents consumer banks and financial services companies in high-stakes disputes in the courts and before government authorities challenging the legality of their products and services, corporate practices and regulatory adherence. Mr. Bizar has defended numerous class actions, government investigations and enforcement proceedings, and individual cases with systemic exposure for national banks and federal thrifts, mortgage lenders and servicers, manufacturer and third party automotive finance companies, credit card issuers, short-term lenders, and large national retailers.  Financial institutions frequently select Mr. Bizar to litigate to judgment and through appeal important issues of first impression.

Rebecca S. Bjork

Rebecca S. Bjork is Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive, transportation, food and beverage, telecommunications, staffing, higher education, and retail industries in employment, products liability, and consumer class actions and other aggregate litigation proceedings.

Michael J. Burns

Mr. Burns is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on retail and hospitality labor & employment and consumer class action defense litigation.  He handles consumer class actions across the country and regularly advises retailers on a myriad of consumer marketing, privacy and data collection issues.

Jay W. Connolly

Mr. Connolly is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is the chair of the Firm’s Product Liability & Complex Tort Practice Group.  Mr. Connolly’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, defense of consumer fraud/unfair competition claims, and product liability/complex tort litigation.  He handles individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits—including numerous class actions—on local, state-wide and national levels.  He has managed litigation occurring throughout the country and has been appointed to national trial teams, called upon to try cases and support trial teams in various jurisdictions.  Mr. Connolly has extensive experience successfully defending class actions, including class actions involving food, beverage & supplement products, computer products, drugs & medical devices and privacy claims.

Joseph Escarez

Mr. Escarez is partner in the Los Angeles – Century City office. His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, with emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions and other complex matters. He has defended a wide range of actions brought against national banks, credit card issuers, specialty finance companies and internet-based companies, including class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth-In-Lending Act, and California’s Unfair Competition Law, Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Invasion of Privacy Act. Mr. Escarez also advises clients about legal and regulatory developments affecting their businesses to assist them with compliance and risk management issues.

Tonya M. Esposito

Ms. Esposito is a partner in the Litigation Department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office.  She is an experienced antitrust, advertising, and financial services lawyer who has represented numerous clients in private litigation, as well as in several government investigations brought by the state Attorneys General, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Giovanna A. Ferrari

Ms. Ferrari is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Ferrari is experienced in state and federal class action defense, Multi-District Litigation, business and commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions (including those involving credit cards, debit cards, gift cards and loyalty programs), financial services and securities litigation, construction litigation and arbitration, NASD/FINRA arbitrations, and insurance litigation. Ms. Ferrari is an active member of the Litigation Group Class Action, Securities and Financial Services, and FINRA Arbitration Committees.

Christopher Lee

Mr. Lee is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Litigation Department, and a member of the Financial Services, Securities, and Class Action Defense practice groups.  He advises and represents nationwide and global corporations in regulatory enforcement proceedings and high-stakes litigation.  Mr. Lee has particular expertise in representing financial institutions. Mr. Lee’s specialty is in the prosecution and defense of complex actions, including civil RICO and class actions.  He has prosecuted civil RICO actions involving dozens of entities and tens of millions of dollars in both the insurance and health care fields.  He has also defended officers and directors in securities class actions arising under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as well as financial institutions in consumer class actions arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law.  More recently, he began defending Taft-Hartley benefit plans in class actions brought under ERISA.

Eric R. McDonough

Mr. McDonough is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is co-chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department. Mr. McDonough focuses his practice on general business and commercial litigation, with extensive experience in trade secrets litigation, technology disputes, unfair competition disputes, real estate litigation, antitrust actions, securities and financial litigation, products liability and tort litigation, insurance bad faith, and ERISA litigation. Mr. McDonough has also defended employers in a variety of wrongful termination actions, including discrimination, constructive termination, and whistleblower claims.

Robert B. Milligan

Mr. Milligan is a partner in the Los Angeles offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, products liability, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower cases, bankruptcy and other business torts. Mr. Milligan has represented clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, and appellate proceedings. He has handled numerous class action matters, including false advertising, TCPA, FCRA, Penal Code 632 and 632.7 claims.

Joseph J. Orzano

Mr. Orzano is an associate in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Orzano’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, defense of consumer fraud/unfair competition claims, product liability/complex tort litigation, and contract disputes.  He has experience defending individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, including state and national class actions and multi-district litigation.  Mr. Orzano has represented clients in a variety of industries, including food & beverage, supplement, financial services, aviation, pharmaceutical, technology, construction, and insurance.

Jordan P. Vick

Ms. Vick is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Department of the firm’s Chicago office.  She focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, including those which involve business torts, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, unfair competition, shareholder buyout disputes and product liability.  In addition, Ms. Vick has defended several consumer class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  From 2008 to 2010, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joan Humphrey Lefkow, a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Paul J. Yovanic, Jr.

Mr. Yovanic is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. His practice includes a variety of complex commercial litigation disputes, including those which involve restrictive covenants, non-compete and solicitation agreements, trade secrets, contract disputes, creditor rights, fraudulent transfer litigation, and business torts. Mr. Yovanic is also a member of the White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Team.  Mr. Yovanic represents and counsels clients through all phases and forms of litigation, including pre-litigation resolution, alternative dispute resolution, emergency injunctions, jury trials, and appeals.