Kevin J. Minnick
Kevin Minnick's practice focuses on large-scale class action defense, primarily involving consumer protection and securities laws. He also has represented clients in qui tam, patent and appellate matters.

Bio

Mr. Minnick's clients include companies in the financial services, apparel, automobile, real estate and health care industries.

Mr. Minnick’s experience includes the following representative matters:

  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in state and federal litigation involving allegations of unintended acceleration. Mr. Minnick assisted the lead trial lawyer in defending the depositions of several top executives, regularly contributed to key briefs, and served as liaison between Skadden and virtual law firm affiliates during the pretrial phase of the first unintended acceleration bellwether case;
  • Purdue Pharma, L.P. in securing a stay of all proceedings in litigation brought by Orange and Santa Clara counties against several pharmaceutical companies, which sought to broadly enjoin the industry’s marketing activity. Mr. Minnick was a key member of the briefing team that successfully argued that all state court proceedings should remain stayed under theories of primary jurisdiction and equitable abstention pending further studies by the FDA;
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in obtaining a highly favorable jury verdict against allegations of discrimination in mortgage rates. Mr. Minnick presented the oral argument for Wells Fargo’s proposed jury instructions, winning a key legal ruling that prohibited the plaintiffs from recovering millions in prejudgment interest. After the trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded damages for less than 1.5 percent of the mortgages written by Wells Fargo in Los Angeles County during the class period. The case is the first class action ever tried to verdict under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act;
  • LaSalle Bank, N.A. (now Bank of America) in winning dismissal of five related class actions that alleged the lender aided and abetted a fraudulent real estate investment scheme. Mr. Minnick co-drafted the winning briefs, which secured a full dismissal with prejudice of all claims against the lender before any discovery took place; and
  • The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, on a pro bono basis, in the filing of a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief supporting the right to free speech and peaceful protest on public roads in California.

Mr. Minnick was selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2017. He also serves on the board of governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and on the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2008
  • B.L.S., Bowling Green State University, 2005

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Experience

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2008–2009)

Kevin J. Minnick