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Steven Tindall has represented plaintiffs in employment and class action litigation for nearly twenty years. His experience extends to a wide array of complex employment matters, including individual and class action lawsuits involving employee misclassification, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, WARN Act, FCRA, and ERISA violations. He has represented employees against large corporations in a variety of industries including technology, financial services, construction, transportation, and private education.

Steven clerked for Hon. Judith N. Keep of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and for Hon. Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group, he was a partner at Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall, and at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. He previously focused on plaintiffs’ class action litigation in the fields of wage and hour law, antitrust, and consumer protection. Steven has also litigated a number of mass tort personal injury and toxic tort cases.

Steven received his B.A. degree in English Literature from Yale University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with distinction in his major. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1996. While at Boalt, Steven co-directed the East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic.

Steven is of counsel to Girard Gibbs and a partner at Gibbs Law Group.

Litigation Highlights

Currently serves as co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit on behalf of bankers asserting unpaid overtime claims and meal break violations and against Wells Fargo Bank.

As co-lead counsel, recovered over $29 million on behalf of hundreds of employees in a class action lawsuit involving breach of contract claims against a global consulting company.

As co-lead counsel, recovered over $9 million on behalf of retirees whose retirement benefits were slashed after a corporate spinoff.

Publications and Presentations

Contributing Author, “California Class Actions Practice and Procedure”, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., 2006.

Author, “Do as She Does, Not as She Says: The Shortcomings of Justice O’Connor’s Direct Evidence Requirement in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins”, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, 17, No. 2, 1996.

Amanda Karl represents consumers, employees and others who have been harmed by corporations.  She is a 2014 graduate (Order of the Coif) of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as the Managing Editor of the California Law Review, Director of the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic and Research Assistant to Professor Robert Berring, Jr.  She also worked throughout law school as a Clinical Law Student at the East Bay Community Law Center, assisting with litigation targeting criminal record reporting violations, and as a law clerk at Equal Rights Advocates, where she worked on women’s employment issues involving wage and hour law, pregnancy discrimination, ADA and Title VII. Ms. Karl received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology and Human Rights from Columbia University in 2009.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Karl served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2014-2015), and as a law clerk to the Honorable Claudia Wilken, Northern District of California (2015-2016).

Publications and Presentations

Co-Author, “California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?,” Law360 Expert Analysis, February 15, 2017.

Paige Pulley is an associate at Girard Gibbs LLP and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

During law school Ms. Pulley served as co-director for the Worker’s Rights Disability Law Clinic and the Wage Claim Clinic where she represented employees at unemployment insurance appeal hearings. As a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center Ms. Pulley successfully represented low-wage clients at wage-and-hour settlement conferences in front of the California Labor Commissioner. During her time as a clinical student for the International Human Rights Clinic Ms. Pulley advocated for transitional justice in Sri Lanka following the country’s 25-year long civil war.

Ms. Pulley also served as Articles Editor and Managing Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.

Miriam Arghavani is a litigation assistant at Girard Gibbs. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 as a Political Science major and with minors in English and Persian. During her undergraduate career she competed in UC Berkeley’s competitive Model United Nations and Mock Trial teams. She also interned at the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office and volunteered as a literacy tutor at local elementary schools.

Steven Pong is an associate at Girard Gibbs LLP. Before joining Girard Gibbs, he worked at the Wikimedia Foundation on data protection and privacy matters in anticipation of the E.U. General Data Protection Regulation, and strategic litigation to protect free expression and global access to knowledge. He also worked on Net Neutrality rulemaking and telecommunications privacy enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission.

Steven graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, where he served as a senior editor on the Georgetown Environmental Law Review. During law school, he counseled one of the first financial technology start-ups structured as a Public Benefit Corporation on corporate governance and privacy matters. He also spent time at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau interpreting the extent of the agency’s rulemaking and enforcement power under the Dodd-Frank Act, and served as a judicial intern for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Before law school, Steven was a paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he supported investigations of mergers in the telecommunications, media, and technology industries.

Angelica Ornelas is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Ms. Ornelas served as a judicial law clerk at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. Ms. Ornelas also worked as a fellow at the California Monitor Program, a program developed by the California Attorney General’s Office to oversee the implementation of the landmark $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement.

Shane Howarter is a 2016 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he earned a joint degree in law and public policy. While in law school, Shane served as the Chief Articles Editor for the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and as the Academic Chair of the American Constitution Society. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Prior to graduating from law school, Shane was a summer associate with Gibbs Law Group, working on complex consumer protection cases.

Aaron Blumenthal represents consumers and whistleblowers in class action lawsuits involving allegations of corporate misconduct. He has prosecuted a variety of consumer protection cases ranging from false advertising to defective products. He is also involved in the investigation and development of new cases.

Aaron attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif (a distinction awarded only to the top 10 percent of the graduating class). In law school, Aaron worked on consumer issues— writing and publishing a law review article on the practical strategies for combatting class action waivers in a post-Concepcion world.

Publications and Presentations

Author, Circumventing Concepcion: Conceptualizing Innovative Strategies to Ensure the Enforcement of Consumer Protection Laws in the Age of the Inviolable Class Action Waiver, 103 Cal. L. Rev. 699 (2015).

Co-author, Religiosity and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States and Europe, 32 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 195 (2014).

Karen is a nationally-recognized mass tort attorney with more than twenty years of experience in federal and state litigation. Courts throughout the country have appointed Karen to serve in leadership positions including Lead Counsel, Liaison Counsel and Plaintiff Steering Committee in some of the largest pharmaceutical and device mass tort cases. Karen currently serves in leadership positions in the Zoloft Birth Defect Litigation (federal and California state courts), Transvaginal Mesh Litigation (federal and California state courts), Fosamax Femur Fracture Litigation (California state court), Lexapro/Celexa Birth Defect Litigation (Missouri state court).

Karen is particularly focused on women’s health issues and drugs that cause harm to children. She currently represents women suffering permanent baldness following breast cancer chemotherapy treatments with Taxotere, and children who experienced severe side effects after taking the widely-prescribed medication Risperdal. Karen believes in advocating for drug safety and for the victims in the face of profit-driven corporations. She has testified twice before FDA advisory boards as well as the California State Legislature on the safety concerns regarding the SSRI antidepressants and the manufacturers’ misconduct.

Karen frequently publishes and presents on issues involving drug safety, mass tort litigation, FDA reform and federal preemption for both legal organizations (plaintiff and defense) and medical groups.

Simon S. Grille is committed to seeking justice for plaintiffs harmed by corporate misconduct. Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Grille worked at a prominent Bay Area law firm where he represented victims of toxic exposure in complex civil litigation. Mr. Grille also has experience working in-house at a multinational company and as an extern for the Honorable Arthur S. Weissbrodt of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.

Mr. Grille is a 2013 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he was honored as a distinguished brief writer and an outstanding oral advocate in multiple moot court competitions. Mr. Grille also served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Entertainment Law Review. Mr. Grille received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2008.