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Abbas Kazerounian, Esq.

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Practice Areas

  • Abusive Debt Collection
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Predatory Lending
  • Fair Credit Reporting
  • Spam Calls & Texts
  • Warranty Breach

Biography

Thank you for clicking on my biography. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am regarded as a one of the preeminent consumer rights attorneys in Southern California and I am of counsel to the Schmierer Law Group. I am also one of the founding partners at Kazerouni Law Group, APC, and the Injury Recovery Group.

About ten years ago, I needed assistance from a New Jersey lawyer to help me prosecute a consumer class action. Todd introduced me to Ross and we've been working together on cases ever since. In fact, my team of almost thirty lawyers has worked hand in hand with Ross on all types of consumer cases all across the country.

I have litigated over 3,000 individual consumer rights cases. I also have significant trial experience and knowledge in this field of law. I have been responsible for over 650 published opinions and I have successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit of Appeals on numerous occasions.

In 2013, 2014, 2015 Abbas was selected by his peers as a rising star and in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 as a Super Lawyer (a prestigious recognition given to only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state). In 2020, Abbas was also named to the SuperLawyers Top 50 in Orange County and SuperLawyers Top 100 in Southern California. He was also voted as a Rising Star by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2012. Abbas was honored to be on the list of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 in 2016 & 2017.

I attended the University of Plymouth, U.K., where I received my Bachelor of Arts in English literature & theatre and performance. I then received my masters from the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. Subsequently, I received my Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

In addition to giving lectures nationwide on class action litigation and consumer law, I am an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law where I teach a three-credit course in consumer law.

I am licensed to practice law in CA, TX, IL, WA, DC, NY, MI and CO. I am also licensed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals as well the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Cases

  • Hoffman v. Bank of America Corporation, 12-CV-00539-JAH-DHB
  • Malta, et al. v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, et al., 10-CV-1290 IEG
  • Conner v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, et al., 10-CV-1284-DMS
  • In Re: Midland Credit Management, Inc., Telephone Consumer, 11-md-2286-MMA
  • In Re: Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC Telephone Consumer, 11-md-02295-JAH
  • Arthur v. SLM Corporation, 10-CV-00198 JLR
  • Lo v. Oxnard European Motors, LLC, et al., 11-CV-1009-JLS-MDD
  • Sarabri v. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A., 10-01777-AJB-NLS
  • Barani v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 12-CV-02999-GPC-KSC
  • Mills v. HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A., 12-CV-04010-SI
  • In Re Jiffy Lube International, Inc., MDL No. 2261
  • Sherman v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., 13-CV-0981-JAH
  • Couser v. Comenity Bank, No.
  • Lemieux v. EZ Lube, Inc. et al., 12-cv-01791-BAS-JLB
  • Knutson v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. et al.
  • Rose v. Bank of Am. Corp., No. 11-cv-02390-EJD
  • Franklin v. Wells Fargo, N.A., No. 14-cv-2349-MMA-BGS
  • Stemple v. QC Holdings, Inc., 3:12-cv-01997-BAS-WVG
  • Knutson v Sirius XM Radio , No. 12-56120 (9th Cir. 2014) , 2014, 9th District
  • Malta, et al, V. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage , 10-CV-1290-IEG, 2013

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, ABA National Convention on TCPA, ABA, 2013 to 2016
  • Consumer Law - Adjunct Professor, CWSL, 2013 to 2016
  • Speaker, 2014 ACA Conference in November 2014
  • Venables AdLaw Symposium, April 2016, Present
  • The Rocky Road for the FCC's Interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2016 LIVE Webcast in April 2016
  • ACI Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement in DC - April 2016
  • Speaker, ACI Conference in Dallas, TX, in September 2016 on "The Borrowers Perspective: Insight From the Plaintiff's Bar", ACI
  • Speaker, TCPA Panel In September of 2016 at Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference, Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference
  • Speaker, November 2016 Consumer Attorneys Of California Conference in Palm Springs, CA
  • Presented, 2017 CAOC Seminar in Palm Springs, CA
  • Speaker, 22nd National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement, January 2017
  • Speaker, Class Action Trends - Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Speaker at Consumer Attorneys of California 2017 seminar on hot litigation topics at Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Speaker at National Webinar by the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee on TCPA Update – “The D.C. Circuit’s TCPA Decision on the FCC Ruling, held on March 22, 2018
  • Spoke at 2018 Inland Empire CAOC Convention on “Class Action Hot Topics” – May 2018
  • Speaker at national webinar sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP, entitled, From Both Sides: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives on the TCPA – August 2018
  • On October 10, 2018, I was one of the two panelist and spoke at a webinar entitled, TCPA Takes A New Turn With the 9 th Circuit’s Ruling in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, hosted by the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Panelist at the Consumer Financial Services Committee meeting entitled, TCPA Litigation: Where Is It Heading Now?, held on January 11, 2019
  • Spoke on the Fundamentals of thee FDCPA at NCLC 2019 Las Vegas Conference
  • Spoke on “The interplay between Personal Injury and Class Actions” at the CAOC Sonoma Seminar 2019
  • Presented at Mass Torts Made Perfect on Modern Trends in the TCPA in April of 2019
  • Speaker at the CAOC Inland Empire Seminar in Palm Springs on “Dealin with Overly Ambitious Lien Holders, on May 2, 2019

Professional Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Diversity Chair and Board Member, 2013 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Chapter of Iranian American Bar Association, Two Time President, 2009 to 2010
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 01/2014 to Present
  • Orange County Trial Attorneys, Member, 01/2015 to Present

Honors

  • Super Lawyer, 2013 – 2016
  • Voted as a Rising Star by the San Diego Daily Transcript, – 2012
  • Nominated to Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, – 2016
  • Rising Star- Super Lawyers, January 1, 2013 – January 1, 2015
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award by State Bar of California for Pro Bono Work, 2017
  • Voted a Super lawyer in Super Lawyer Magazine 2016-2019
  • Voted Rising Star by San Diego Transcript in 2012
  • Nominated to Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers 2018-2019

Pro-Bono Activities

  • 40-50 Hours a Year to Legal Aid

Languages

  • English
  • Farsi

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D.
  • University of Plymouth
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: English Literature & Theatre and Performance
  • London Academy of Performing Arts
    • Masters

Bar Admission

  • California
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney