David Stein

David Stein represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Honda CR-V Vibration multidistrict proceedings and is also among the attorneys representing patients, health care providers, and consumers in a lawsuit against Banner Health arising from a data breach that exposed sensitive information of nearly 4 million people.

He is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in class actions, and regularly contributes his insights and commentary to Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions. David’s advocacy in consumer protection litigation has earned him several awards and accolades, including recognition in the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” list published by the Daily Journal. He has also been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers for four consecutive years.

Before joining Girard Gibbs, David served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes.

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

Litigation Highlights

In re: Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation – Served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in nationwide class action involving alleged defect that caused engine seizures at high speeds. Litigation led to settlement that included nationwide vehicle recalls, extended warranties, and payments that averaged over three thousand dollars per class member.

Paeste v. Government of Guam – Secured a judgment against the Government of Guam and several of its highest ranking officials in a suit involving the government’s unlawful administration of income tax refunds. Defended the judgment in an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, leading to a complete victory for the taxpayers in the published decision, Paeste v. Government of Guam, 798 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 2015)

In re: Peregrine PFG Best Customer Accounts Litigation – Represented investors in a lawsuit against U.S. Bank and JPMorgan Chase arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. The former Peregrine customers were seeking to recover the millions of dollars that was stolen from them out of segregated funds accounts. Plaintiffs’ efforts led to settlements with JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Bank worth over $75 million.

Browne v. American Honda Motor Co. – Represented consumers who alleged that 750,000 Honda Accord and Acura TSX vehicles were sold with brake pads that wore out prematurely. The case settled for an estimated value of approximately $25 million.

Velasco v. Chrysler Group LLP – Represented drivers who bought and leased vehicles with allegedly defective power control modules that caused stalling. In addition to negotiating a recall of all 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles, the lawsuit resulted in Chrysler reimbursing owners for all repair and rental car expenses, and extending its warranty.

Awards and Honors

“Top 40 Under 40,” Daily Journal, 2017

“Rising Star,” Northern California Super Lawyers (2013-2016)

Publications and Presentations

Co-Author, “Beware Intended Consequences of Class Action Reform, Too,” Law360 Expert Analysis, March 14, 2017.

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

Presenter, “Hot Topics and Trends in Prosecuting & Defending of Consumer Class Actions,” Bridgeport Continuing Education 2017 Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference.

Presenter, “Perspectives on Automotive Class Action Litigation,” Stafford Publishers.

Presenter, “Motion to Dismiss – What’s Trending?” HB Litigation Conferences, Consumer Class Actions.

Presenter, “Beyond the Mass Tort: Class Action Cases Arising from Big Pharmaceutical Wrongdoing,” Consumer Attorneys of California.

Presenter, “Rule 23(c)(4) Issue Certification Post-Comcast,” American Association for Justice.

Author, Wrong Problem, Wrong Solution: How Congress Failed the American Consumer, 23 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 619 (2007)