Mark A. Chavez, Founding Partner
Mark A. 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.
Mr. Chavez is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is 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. He currently serves on the board of Public Citizen, and is a former board member of the National Consumer Law Center, Disability Rights Advocates, Public Justice, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and Consumer Attorneys of California.
Mark Chavez was one of the eight founders of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and is its former co-chair. He currently serves as Chair on the Board of the Public Citizen Foundation and is a former board member of the National Consumer Law Center, Disability Rights Advocates, Public Justice, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and Consumer Attorneys of California. He is additionally a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Bar Association of San Francisco and American Association for Justice.
Mr. Chavez have given presentations on class action matters at the American Bar Association’s Class Action Institute, the American Association for Justice’s Class Action Symposium, and the Practising Law Institute’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Program. He has also spoken at the annual convention of the American Bar Association, the National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, the annual convention of the State Bar of California, the annual convention of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the California Bankers Association Conference, and the Banking Litigation Seminar of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. His most recent speaking engagements include:
“Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Plaintiffs,” California Employment Lawyers Association 11th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, Los Angeles, California, April 17, 2015.
“The Future of Class Actions,” Bridgeport’s Twelfth Annual Class Action Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 20, 2012.
“The Implications of Downsizing Class Actions: Multi-District Litigation, Co-Counseling, Coordination,” The Impact Fund’s Tenth Annual Class Action Conference, Berkeley, California, March 2, 2012
“The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on the Class Certification Calculus”, CAOC/SFTLA Sixth Annual Class Action Seminar, San Francisco, California, February 28, 2012
“Wal-Mart v. Dukes – How Much of a Hazard to Class Certification in Financial Services Cases?”, American Bar Association Consumer Finance Subcommittee Winter Meeting, Park City, Utah, January 9, 2012
“Federal Preemption: Endangered Species After Dodd-Frank and Clearing House”, Financial Services Litigation in the Era of Dodd- Frank, Phoenix, Arizona, November 11, 2011
“Fighting Back Against The Big Business Agenda”, Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2011
“IPO, Hydrogen Peroxide, and the Evolving Standards of Proof for Class Certification”, AAJ 2010 Annual Convention, Vancouver, Canada, July 13, 2010
“Living on the Fault Line: Class Action Issues in California,” American Bar Association’s Thirteenth Annual National Institute on Class Actions, San Francisco, California, November 20, 2009
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 120 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:
Richardson v. Wells Fargo Auto Finance, Inc., Case No. CGC-08-481662 (San Francisco County Superior Court). Settlement of $232 million.
Smith v. General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Case No. 776152 (Santa Clara County Superior Court). Settlement of $105 million.
In Re Transouth Cases, JCCP No. 4237 (Santa Clara County Superior Court). Settlement of $76 million.