Manatt Adds Skilled TCPA Litigator in Los Angeles

Christine M. Reilly Brings Extensive Consumer Class Action and Regulatory Defense Experience to Nationally Recognized Team

Manatt announced that Christine M. Reilly has joined the Los Angeles office as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s TCPA Compliance and Class Action Defense practice. Reilly comes to Manatt from Loeb & Loeb LLP.

Reilly represents clients in major litigation in a wide variety of areas, including consumer protection, unfair competition, false and deceptive advertising, business torts, and entertainment and intellectual property. She regularly defends clients in consumer class actions and investigations and proceedings initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and other federal and state government and regulatory agencies. She is experienced defending clients in consumer class and regulatory actions alleging violations of various state and federal laws, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Electronic Funds Transfer Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as California’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law, Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and California Penal Code § 327, covering endless chain/pyramid schemes.

“Christine has an impressive track record in and out of the courtroom,” said Matt Kanny, who leads Manatt’s Litigation division. “Her wide-ranging experience and skill successfully litigating complex business disputes, particularly in the critical area of TCPA compliance, will be a significant asset to our clients. We are thrilled to have her on our team.”

In addition to her litigation practice, Reilly regularly counsels clients on marketing and advertising issues and compliance with consumer laws. She has represented companies in a variety of industries and service sectors, including wireless/mobile, Internet marketing, lead generation/affiliate marketing, software, telecommunications, television, music and entertainment, automotive parts and services, dietary supplements, food, and health and beauty.

“Given her extensive background defending clients against consumer protection violation allegations, Christine will be a significant resource for our brand and advertising industry clients on compliance issues,” said Linda Goldstein, chair of Manatt’s Advertising, Marketing and Media division. “With consumer class actions claiming violations of the TCPA dramatically on the rise since the new regulations went into effect in 2013, comprehensive compliance programs have never been more critical. Christine adds depth to our considerable capabilities in this regard, and we are excited to work with her.”

Reilly has been nationally recognized as a leading lawyer for Technology: Data Protection and Privacy by The Legal 500 U.S. A frequent author and lecturer on the topic of TCPA compliance, she created and hosts the TCPA Defense Forum on LinkedIn. She also co-chairs the Los Angeles KnowledgeNet Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

“Manatt's deep expertise in regulatory and class action defense sets the firm apart,” said Reilly. “Couple that with one of the top advertising practices in the country and a unique digital media platform offering both business and legal services, and you have a powerhouse firm providing clients a one-stop shop of exceptional counsel and value. I am excited about joining my new colleagues and leading the TCPA Compliance and Class Action Defense practice with my co-chair Marc Roth, whose fine work in this area I have long admired. I am eager to introduce my clients to Manatt’s multi-faceted practice and to continue growing my practice under the Manatt name.”

Reilly is the latest in a series of new Manatt partners across the country since the first of the year, including capital markets and financial services partner Brian Korn and real estate partner Andrew Schultz in New York; and government investigations and consumer protection partner Katherine Winfree in Washington, D.C.

Manatt’s Litigation practice is nationally recognized for excellence in Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 ranking of the country’s “Best Law Firms.” The team combines aggressive, creative litigation talent with a deep knowledge of the industries and practice areas in which its clients operate — advertising, healthcare, entertainment, energy, financial services, intellectual property and real estate. The firm pairs its clients with a team of trial lawyers who know what it takes to win in the courtroom and who know their industries, enabling them to achieve unparalleled successes for clients. Manatt’s litigators include some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the United States. The firm’s attorneys regularly manage “bet the company” litigation involving virtually every substantive area of business law. They also understand and have a great deal of experience in simultaneously dealing with parallel proceedings involving regulatory, administrative, criminal and civil issues.

The firm’s Advertising, Marketing and Media practice has been nationally recognized for excellence by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500. The team achieved a Tier 1 ranking, the highest designation bestowed, from U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 ranking of the country’s “Best Law Firms.”

Reilly earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

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