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New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999.
Editor, Environmental Law Journal.
Sexton Oliva Fellow.
New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1995.Dean’s Honors Scholar
District of Columbia
John McGuinness is a partner and trial lawyer with the Litigation Division in the Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices. He has extensive experience representing corporate and individual clients from a wide range of industries, such as auto finance, mortgage, banking, technology and retail, in high-stakes consumer class and individual litigation, enforcement, trial, and appellate matters in federal and state courts across the country.
Mr. McGuinness focuses his practice in the areas of consumer class and individual actions, including consumer protection, mortgage/financial services and data security/privacy, complex commercial litigation, and government enforcement actions. He has a lengthy track record of successfully representing clients facing suits related to both state and federal consumer protection statutes including the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, TCPA, RESPA, ECOA, FCRA, FDCPA, and TILA. Mr. McGuinness also counsels clients in the areas of consumer financial services, privacy, consumer protection, and insurance recovery.
Mr. McGuinness's representative engagements include:
Mr. McGuinness is a frequent writer and speaker on class action litigation and consumer financial services, and has been quoted in various publications and news sources, including Forbes magazine and Bloomberg News.
"Credit Card Fees are Constitutional. But Will They Stay That Way?" Payments Source, March 14, 2014.
"Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation," Antitrust Connect, February 14, 2014.
Contributing Editor, Manatt's Financial Services Newsletter
"Just the FACT(A)s: The Latest in FCRA Jurisprudence," Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, April 23, 2012.
"Shine-the-Light Law: California's Latest Class-Action Trend," ABA Consumer Rights Litigation, April 17, 2012.
"Consumer Financial Services Law in Review: 2011's Significant Cases and Emerging Trends," Consumer Financial Services Law Report, February 13, 2012.
"Case Study: Anderson v. Hannaford Brothers," Law360, November 7, 2011.
"The State Supreme Court Shakes It Up for Retail Businesses," Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 16, 2011.
"Investor-Driven Litigation against the Credit Rating Agencies," The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, January 2011.
"Using E&O Insurance in Foreclosure Litigation," Law360, December 22, 2010.
"Insurance Coverage in Consumer Class Actions," The Corporate Counselor, October 6, 2010.
"California's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act: the past, present and future," BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, July 26, 2010.
"From Climate Change Suits to Data Breach Claims," Connecticut Law Tribune, November 23, 2009.
"Settling Class Actions: Alternatives to Coupon Settlements after CAFA," Class Action Litigation Reporter, February 19, 2009.
Admitted to practice in the states of California, New York and the District of Columbia.
Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits; and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Co-Chair, CGL Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.
Member, American Bar Association.
Member, Los Angeles Bar Association.
Member, San Diego Bar Association.
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Speaker, "Bridgeport's Litigating and Defending FCRA Claims" webinar, September 23, 2015.
Speaker, Bridgeport's Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference, January 9, 2015.
Speaker, Bridgeport's 15th Annual Class Action Litigation Conference, September 17, 2014.
Speaker, Bridgeport's Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference, April 10-11, 2014.
Speaker, "The California Homeowners Bill of Rights: What Does It Mean For Your Business?" webinar, January 31, 2013.
Speaker, 2012 CFPB and Top Regulatory and Enforcement Issues Conference, April 24, 2012.
Speaker, West Coast Mortgage Lending and Servicing Today Conference, April 11, 2011.
Panelist, "Defending Against the Latest Investor Lawsuits and Claims," ACI's 5th National Advanced Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, October 19, 2010.
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