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Mark A. Chavez

Founding Partner


42 Miller Ave

Mill Valley, CA 94941


415.381.5572 fax


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Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School where he served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Mathew O. Tobriner of the California Supreme Court, was a co-founder and the first Managing Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and was a founding member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation.  He was selected through the Attorney General's Honors Program and joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. after graduating from law school.  Mr. Chavez entered private practice working first at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and subsequently at Farrow, Bramson, Chavez & Baskin before founding the law firm of Chavez & Gertler LLP with Jonathan E. Gertler. 

In the course of his career, Mr. Chavez has represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of consumer class actions and other complex civil litigation matters.  His significant class action experience includes arguing Olszeweski v. ScrippsHealth, 30 Cal.4th 798 (2003) and Linder v. Thrifty Oil, 23 Cal.4th 429 (2000) before the California Supreme Court and acting as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in In re Tobacco Cases II, (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1257 and Briseno v. Washington Mutual, 24 Cal.4th 906 (2001).  He has served or is currently serving as lead or co-lead counsel in over 110 class actions filed in federal and state courts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington.  These cases have resulted in some of the largest recoveries ever achieved in consumer class actions.  See, e.g., Richardson v. Wells Fargo Auto Finance, Inc., Case No. CGC-08-481662 ($232 million); Smith v. General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Case No. 776152 (Santa Clara County Superior Court) ($105 million); In Re Transouth Cases, (Santa Clara County Superior Court) ($76 million).

Mr. Chavez is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer.  He was one of the eight founders of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and is its former Co-Chair.  Mr. Chavez currently serves on the boards of Public Citizen and the National Consumer Law Center.