James Speyer defends retailers, franchisors, and other companies in complex litigation, including consumer class actions, franchisee lawsuits, and antitrust lawsuits. He also represents clients in civil litigation brought by public officials, including attorneys general, district attorneys, and county counsel. In cases involving multiple defendants within an industry, Mr. Speyer has led the joint defense effort on numerous occasions.

Among other achievements, Mr. Speyer has a successful track record in false advertising litigation brought under the consumer protection statutes of California and other states. In 2016, he was recognized by Law360 as one of the country's top four "MVPs" in the consumer protection field.


  • BP West Coast Products in franchisee mass action involving gasoline pricing.
  • Kohl's Department Stores in false price advertising enforcement action brought by the Los Angeles City Attorney.
  • 7-Eleven in food mislabeling class action.
  • Philip Morris USA in antitrust class action litigation.
  • Verisign in antitrust litigation.
  • Live Nation in antitrust class action litigation.
  • DeVry Education Group (now Adtalem) in false advertising litigation.
  • Jos. A. Bank Clothiers in false price advertising class action.
  • Nature's Bounty in "Made In USA" class action.
  • Major League Baseball in consumer class action litigation.
  • McDonald's in consumer class action litigation.
  • Allianz in connection with personal injury claims brought by retired NFL players against its insured, a leading helmet manufacturer.
  • Dunkin' Brands in consumer class action under California's gift card statute.


Defending Price Comparison Class Actions
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Seller Beware: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Selling to California Consumers A Two-Part Webinar Series - Session 1
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A Class-Action Game Changer

Daily Journal

Supreme Court's Comcast Decision Makes Consumer Class Actions Tougher To Certify

Seller Beware: Consumer Protection Insights for Industry,

Supreme Court's Comcast Decision Reduces Threat Of Abusive Class Actions
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The Legal 500 US
General Commercial Disputes (2017)
MVP: Consumer Protection (2016)
Southern California Super Lawyers


  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 1985
  • BA, History and Philosophy, Williams College, 1981, Phi Beta Kappa
  • California
  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, California State Bar

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar

  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee

  • Board Member, Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board

  • Director, Board of Directors, Premiere Oncology Foundation


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