Bingham

Bingham

J. Warren Rissier

Partner

Warren Rissier’s practice focuses on defense of class actions and other complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on consumer actions, securities, professional liability, director and officer liability, toxic tort, and real estate disputes. His experience includes successfully representing individual and corporate clients in proceedings in courts throughout California as well as in arbitrations and government investigations.

In every year since 2006‚ Warren has been recognized as a “Southern California Rising Star” or “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers in Law & Politics magazine and Los Angeles magazine. In 2010, Warren was named a Top 20 California Lawyer Under 40 by the Daily Journal.

In 2014, Warren completed his term as president of the board of governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter. He is currently president of the board of directors of Heart of Los Angeles Youth, a charitable organization that provides fine art, athletic and educational programming for inner-city youth.

Experience

Class Action Defense

  • Defending underwriters in defense of securities class action
  • Defending global Internet retailer in consumer class action alleging claims of false advertising, unfair competition and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act
  • Defending real estate management company in consumer class action alleging claims of fraud, unfair competition and violation of Civil Code regarding security deposits
  • Defended major accounting firm in securities class action resulting in dismissal on the pleadings for failure to allege scienter
  • Defended global real estate company in securities class actions alleging claims of fraud and unfair competition resulting in dismissal on the pleadings on statute of limitations grounds
  • Defended global chemical manufacturer in putative antitrust consumer class action, resulting in denial of class certification
  • Defended clothing retailer in defense of Fair Credit Reporting Act class action resulting in favorable settlement
  • Defended special committee to board of directors in shareholder class actions against provider of voice and data communications solutions, defeating attempts by shareholders to enjoin the company’s merger with another public company
  • Defended special committee to board of directors in shareholder class actions against leading music retailer, defeating attempts by shareholders to enjoin acquisition of the public company in a going-private transaction
  • Defended leader in wireless networks technology in securities derivative class action, resulting in favorable settlement after first day of trial
  • Represented auto manufacturer in defense of antitrust class action and prosecution of unfair competition and IP claims, resulting in dismissal of all antitrust claims on summary judgment and favorable settlement of unfair competition and IP claims
  • Defended aeronautics manufacturer in defense of toxic tort class action, resulting in dismissal of a majority of plaintiffs on summary judgment

Accountant Defense

  • Representing major accounting firms in connection with government investigations regarding failed banks
  • Defended major accounting firm in securities class action resulting in dismissal on the pleadings for failure to allege scienter
  • Defended major accounting firm in securities class action arising from financial crisis resulting in significant narrowing of the class and favorable settlement after filing of summary judgment motion
  • Defended major accounting firm in civil litigation brought by investors in alleged tax shelters
  • Defended major accounting firm in government investigations resulting in no action
  • Defended major accounting firm in bankruptcy trustee investigation resulting in no action
  • Represented major accounting firm in defense of breach of contract claims resulting in dismissal on the pleadings

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Defending global real estate company in multi-party actions alleging claims of fraud and unfair competition
  • Defended members of board of directors of regional business against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, resulting in dismissal of the claims
  • Defended leading technology company in $30 million breach of contract claim resulting in favorable settlement
  • Achieved settlement for plaintiff business worth more than $20 million in dispute regarding joint venture and the rights of investors and lenders
  • Defended major insurance company in environmental nuisance and trespass dispute, resulting in dismissal of key claims on motion for judgment on the pleadings
  • Defended national newspaper in breach of contract case filed by printer, resulting in favorable settlement after depositions revealing alteration of documents

Publications

Memberships

  • President of the board of governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section

Community Service

  • President of the board of directors for Heart of Los Angeles Youth, and chaired its Audit Committee for three years
  • Served as a volunteer prosecutor for the city of Los Angeles
  • Served as chair of the Public Service Committee for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers, Southern California, Securities Litigation (2011–2013)
  • Top 20 California Lawyers Under 40, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (2010)
  • Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star, Law & Politics magazine & Los Angeles magazine (2006–2010)
  • University of Southern California Law School Merit Scholarship
  • Extern with the Hon. Consuelo Marshall in the United States District Court
  • Southern California Law Review, University of Southern California
  • Order of the Coif

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