PRACTICE AREAS


Widely recognized as one of the best litigators in the country, Julia Strickland leads a broad national practice that focuses on the defense of class actions and other complex actions. Ms. Strickland is regularly called by major financial services companies and others when they are confronted with complex issues that put them at substantial economic and reputational risk. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, and head of the firm’s national Financial Services/Class Action Practice Group.

In addition to her experience defending complex and class actions through dispositive motion practice, trial and/or appeal, Ms. Strickland has settled all types of complex and class actions. She is versatile and creative in addressing settlement considerations, both legal and business, and in developing settlement structure options unique to the particular case. She also routinely represents companies in compliance counseling, regulatory proceedings and responding to claims by federal and state regulators and enforcement authorities. Representative clients include JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, TransUnion, Discover, American Express, Citigroup, HSBC, PayPal, BMW Financial Services, Zappos and Synchrony Bank, among others.

Ms. Strickland once again received top honors in Chambers USA 2017 with a Band 1 ranking in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance Litigation-Nationwide category.  Ms. Strickland is one of only three attorneys across the country to receive this recognition. For more than 12 years running, The Los Angeles Daily Journal has named Ms. Strickland one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers.” The Los Angeles Business Journal honored Ms. Strickland in their Leader in Law awards naming her one of their “Lawyers of the Year” for 2016, and she was recognized by leading corporate counsel as a member of the BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Services All-Stars” for her “uncanny ability to anticipate opposing counsel,” as well as being “very customer focused and practical.” She has also been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, The Los Angeles Times and The Best Lawyers in America.


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Some of Ms. Strickland's recent representations include:
 
  • Sarukhanov v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. – Prevailed on appeal following partial summary judgment on a claim under California’s Identity Theft Act.  On an issue of first impression and of importance to retail banks, the Ninth Circuit held that the Identity Theft Act does not apply to claims involving a deposit account because the defendant bank was not a “claimant” under the Act.
  • Lal v. Capital One Financial Corp., et al. – On a motion to dismiss, court adopted Stroock's argument on behalf of HSBC restricting statutory damages for pre-2017 violations of California's call recording statute to per action as opposed to per violation, dramatically reducing the value of the alleged claim.
  • Zepeda v. PayPal, Inc. et al. – Prevailed on motion to dismiss in class action brought against PayPal and eBay and successfully negotiated a nationwide settlement involving over 100 million PayPal account holders in the U.S.  The settlement received final approval in March 2017, after more than four years of contentious litigation with numerous objectors over the settlement terms.
  • Triyar Hospitality Management LLC v. WSI (II) – HWP LLC, et al. – Prevailed in obtaining judgment on behalf of WSI in a complex real estate dispute following a one-month trial. The Court earlier granted summary judgment for WSI on plaintiff’s fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims.
  • Edwards et al. v. Macy's, Inc. et al. – Successfully defeated putative class claims against Department Stores National Bank and Macy’s Inc. based on preemption under the National Bank Act and OCC regulations.
  • Damian Langere v. Verizon Wireless Services LLC –  Successfully prevailed on a motion to compel arbitration on behalf of Verizon Wireless Services, preventing a class action lawsuit against the company.
  • In re Zappos.com, Inc. – Obtained an important victory for Zappos.com, Inc. in federal multidistrict litigation, dismissing claims arising from a data security incident.
  • Miceli v. Staples, Inc., and Citibank, N.A. – Successfully compelled individual arbitration in a putative class action, ending more than four years of litigation. The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, affirmed the trial court’s decision enforcing Citibank’s arbitration agreement.
  • McGill v. Citibank, N.A. – Successfully represented Citibank, N.A. in defeating efforts in a consumer class action to challenge arbitration agreements for public injunctive relief under California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act. This decision is the first California appellate decision to directly address this issue. Oral argument before the California Supreme Court took place in December 2016.
  • Deniz v. Chase – Defeated class certification on behalf of JPMorgan Chase in action for violations of various California consumer protection laws in connection with the purchase of Retail Installment Sales Contracts from California automobile dealers.
  • Lead defense counsel for Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Discover, American Express, Synchrony and BMW Financial Services, among others, in multiple class and individual actions alleging violations of the TCPA and various telephone call recording practices.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Nationally recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for work in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation) − Band 1.
  • Named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers” twelve times, including in 2017.
  • Los Angeles Business Journal honored Ms. Strickland in their Leader in Law awards naming her one of their “Lawyers of the Year” for 2016.
  • Benchmark Litigation named Ms. Strickland a “Litigation Star” for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The publication identifies the leading trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Benchmark Litigation has also recognized Ms. Strickland as a top California litigator and one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation.”
  • Ranked by Super Lawyers since 2004, including as one of “The Top LA Women Lawyers” from 2012-2015 and for outstanding work in Banking Law for 2013-2017.
  • Named by the Los Angeles Times as one of “Southern California’s Best Lawyers” for 2012.
  • Recognized by leading corporate counsel as a member of the BTI Consulting Group’s “2011 Client Services All-Stars.”
  • Annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the category of “Litigation – Banking & Finance” from 2010-2016. 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Directors, Center Dance Arts
  • Co-Chair, Board of Ambassadors, Los Angeles Music Center
  • Board of Trustees, Dizzy Feet Foundation
  • Honorary Member Gala Committee, Gabriella Foundation

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Ms. Strickland frequently speaks on the topics of complex litigation and financial services. Annually from 1997 through 2017, Ms. Strickland has co-chaired the Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute for the Practising Law Institute. She also regularly speaks at PLI’s Class Action Litigation Institute. Ms. Strickland also has been a Guest Lecturer at UCLA Law School on the topic, "Negotiating and Drafting a Class Action Settlement Agreement." She regularly speaks to professional and trade groups, as well as to government bodies, such as the California Department of Consumer Affairs. 

Recent presentations include:
 
  • Speaker, "Consumer Finance Class Actions and Enforcements," Cornerstone Research, Los Angeles, CA, November 9, 2016
  • Speaker, Recent Changes to the TCPA and Potential Social Media Impact, Bloomberg BNA Webinar, November 12, 2015
  • Panelist, 2015 Class Actions National Institute, American Bar Association, October 22-23, 2015
  • Speaker, Los Angeles Client Advisory Council Meeting, September 25, 2014
  • Moderator, What to Expect From the New French Class Action Law Based on the USA’s and Canada’s Historic Experience, September 17, 2014

PUBLICATIONS

Ms. Strickland has authored a wide range of publications. Most recent selections include:
 
  • Co-author, “Case Will Test Standing of Settlement Objectors,” The Daily Journal, April 17, 2017
  • Co-author, "D.C. Circuit Strikes Down FCC's Order Requiring Opt-out Language on Solicited Fax Advertisements," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 31, 2017
  • Co-author, "CFPB in Long-Haul Battle," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 14, 2017
  • Co-author, "Election Implications for the CFPB," Stroock Special Bulletin, November 9, 2016
  • Co-author, "D.C. Circuit's PHH Ruling Reins in CFPB," Stroock Special Bulletin, October 12, 2016
  • Co-author, "CFPB Proposes Amendments to TRID Rule," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 1, 2016
  • Co-author, "CFPB Proposes "Drastic Overhaul" of Debt Collection," Stroock Special Bulletin, July 29, 2016
  • Co-author, "CFPB Publishes Long-Awaited Proposed Rule Precluding Class-Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 5, 2016
  • Co-author, "2016 Annual Overview of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act," Stroock Client Memorandum, March 2016
  • Co-author, "Important National Bank Act Preemption Decision," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 10, 2016
Quoted in:
 
  • "Wall Street Firms Among Toughest For Female Partners," Law360, April 20, 2016

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; California Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court


EDUCATION

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1978

B.A., University of California - San Diego, 1975

 

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