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Appellate Lawyers

Donald M. Falk

Partner
Palo Alto
T:
650.331.2030
F:
650.331.2068

Donald Falk has a general appellate practice with specific expertise in class actions—the American Lawyer recognized him as “California’s class action killer”—and significant experience in antitrust, patent law, torts, contracts, tax, arbitration, federal preemption, constitutional law (commercial speech, Commerce Clause, and takings), administrative law, and California’s Unfair Competition Law (Section 17200).  Don’s oral arguments include victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and the highest courts of California, New York, Texas, and Maryland, and dozens of appearances in intermediate federal and state appellate courts.  His recent successes include a unanimous California Supreme Court decision declining to impose a tort duty in Verdugo v. Target Corporation; and the Ninth Circuit’s decisions in Mazza v. American Honda Motor Co. (limiting nationwide class actions asserting state-law claims) and Rock River Communications v. Universal Music Group (reinstating an intentional interference claim involving the rights to early Bob Marley recordings).

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