Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


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Dykema Names Los Angeles Attorney to Head Class Action Defense


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Dykema yesterday announced that Los Angeles attorney J. Kevin Snyder has been appointed team leader of the firm’s Class Action Defense Team.

Snyder’s practice focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation in state and federal court, defending class actions including cases brought under consumer and unfair competition statutes, wage and hour laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act, and the Truth in Lending Act, the firm said.

The attorney said that the team consists of a core group of about 50 lawyers nationwide who handle class action cases. He explained that his role was to “facilitate putting together our response” when lawsuits are filed against clients by coordinating staffing and “marshalling all the various resources across the country to make sure we’re doing the best job for the client.”

He said he was looking forward to “being able to coordinate our resources and more effectively market the firm’s expertise in the class action area.”

Snyder estimated that the firm is currently handling about 50 class actions across the country.

The 27-year veteran attorney emphasized that class action defense “has been a significant part of my practice since the beginning,” adding that there is “a lot of challenge working on cases where there is typically much at stake, clients who are sophisticated, and in an area that’s complex and challenging.”

Snyder began his legal career with Buchalter Nemer after earning his under graduate and law degrees from USC. He then moved on to spend about 10 years at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP before joining Dykema about four and a half years ago.

The Midwest-based Dykema maintains offices in California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Washington, D.C., and a national practice focused on serving domestic and foreign-based companies and institutions on a variety business issues including corporate governance, litigation, growth strategies and risk reduction, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, and e-commerce.


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