Andrew J. Trask

Senior Counsel

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  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1998
  • The University of Chicago, BA, 1994
  • California
  • District of Columbia

Andrew has defended more than 100 class actions, involving all stages of the litigation process. While his work has concentrated on products liability and consumer fraud cases, he has also defended class actions involving telecommunications products, business contracts, securities, ERISA, the U.S. antitrust laws and environmental claims, among others.

In addition to his class action practice, he has defended mass tort cases involving financial regulations, patent misuse cases, and government investigations into allegations of automotive defects and breach of privacy regulations.

He maintains the Class Action Countermeasures blog, which discusses the strategic considerations involved in class action defense. He also provides daily updates of class action related news at

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Andrew Trask
T: +1 310 315 8272F: +1 310 956 31271800 Century Park East
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Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Outstanding Contributor, Lawyers for Civil Justice, 2016

Member, NextGen Advisory Board, The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims

Author, Litigation Matters: The Curious Case of Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, Cato Supreme Court Review, 15th Edition, 2016
Co-author, The Elements of Litigation Strategy, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
Co-author, The Class Action Playbook, LexisNexis, 2016 Edition, 2015
Author, The Roberts Court & the End of the Entity Theory, 48 AKRON L. REV. 101, 2015
Author, Good-bye “Presumption Against Removal”: Extending Dart Cherokee Basin beyond CAFA?, Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, Vol. 24 No. 9, May 8, 2015
Co-author, The Class Action Playbook, LexisNexis, 2015 Edition, 2014
Author, "Banking Class Actions," Bloomberg/BNA, 2014
Co-author, The Class Action Playbook, LexisNexis, 2014 Edition, 2013
Co-author, Complex Negotiation Strategy, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013
Author, Recent Investigations into e-Book Price Fixing Illustrate the Growing Acceptance of Government Investigations by Companies Looking to Thwart Follow on Class Actions, 12(2) E-COMMERCE L. REP. J. 18, 2012
Author, "Arbitration Strategy After AT&T Mobility & Concepcion," Bloomberg BNA’s Product Safety & Liability Reporter, January 23, 2012
Co-author, The Class Action Playbook, Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2012
Author, Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Class Actions and Legal Strategy, CATO S. CT. REV. 319, 2011
Expert Analysis, "When Plaintiffs Sell Out Absent Class Members," Insurance Law360, December 8, 2011
Author, "Daubert & Class Cert: The Battle of the Experts Continues," ABA Products Liability Committee Newsletter, Fall 2011
Author, "The Class Action is Alive and Kicking," SCOTUSblog, September 2, 2011
Author, "The Non-Fiction Class Action," OUPblog, August 30, 2011
Author, "The Pro-Business Court and Class Action Security," OUPblog, June 15, 2011
Author, Brown v. RJ Reynolds: The Proper Scope of Common Questions, 12 ENGAGE 88, 2011
Author, "'Free'dom and Consumer Rights," OUPblog, May 3, 2011
Author, "Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Procedure Matters," OUPblog, April 5, 2011
Author, "Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Rough Justice Without Due Process," Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, Vol. 20, No. 4, March 2011
Co-author, The Class Action Playbook, Oxford University Press, 2010
Speaker, The Data Breach Class Action, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 5, 2017
Moderator, "A Strategic Look Back at the 2016 Term," U.S. Supreme Court Class Action Review, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, November 10, 2016
Co-presenter, "Combating Class Settlement Objectors: Overview of Proposed Rule Amendments, Key Preventive Measures and Tactics," Strafford CLE, September 29, 2016
Co-presenter, "Defeating Class Claims by Attacking the Pleadings and Leveraging Other Early Dispositive Motions," Strafford CLE, March 29, 2016
Co-presenter, "Defining or Challenging Class Membership: Evaluating Ascertainability, Overbreadth, and Failsafe Class Issues," Strafford CLE, January 5, 2016
Panelist, "Consumer Rip-offs” or “No-Injury Class Actions”: Either Way, Does a Legal Claim Exist?," American Bar Institute, 19th Annual Institute on Class Actions, October 21-23, 2015
Co-presenter, "Arbitration and the End of Class Actions?," Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop, Yale Law School, September 8, 2015
Panelist, "23(c)(4) Issues Classes," Duke Law Class-Action Settlement Conference, July 23-24, 2015
Co-presenter, Best Practices for Issue Certification, Strafford CLE, May 26, 2015
Speaker, "The Distorting Effects of No-Injury Class Actions," Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, April 29, 2015
Co-presenter, Defending Class Actions Using Absent Class Member Discovery, Strafford CLE, January 13, 2015
Co-presenter, Best Practices for Issue Certification, Strafford CLE, March 1, 2014
Co-presenter, The Fundamental Dilemma of Class Action Settlements, CLE International, October 4, 2013
Panelist, U.S. Supreme Court Review and Preview, Panel Review of the 2012-13 U.S. Supreme Court Term and Preview of the Upcoming 2013-14 Term with Particular Emphasis on Decisions that Impact the Business Community, September 5, 2013
Co-presenter, "Novel Strategies for Dealing with Objectors," 2013 National Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference, Bridgeport CLE, June 28, 2013
Co-presenter, Defense Strategies for McReynolds & Damasco, CLE International, October 5, 2012
Featured presenter, "The Gauntlet: Early Challenges to Class Certification," Class Actions: Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives, CLE International, May 18, 2012
Panelist, "Class Action Rollback, Dukes. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. & the Future of Class Actions," 22d Annual DePaul University Law Review Symposium, February 24, 2012
Panelist, "Developments in Class Action Litigation," 7th Annual meeting of the American College of Business Court Judges, December 5, 2011
Panelist, Federalism, Civil Procedure, Business, and the Proper Judicial Role, Cato Institute, September 15, 2011
Panelist, The Future of Employment Discrimination Class Actions: A Briefing on Wal-Mart v. Dukes, American Constitution Society, broadcast on C-SPAN, March 24, 2011
Panelist, "Wal-Mart v. Dukes: The Supreme Court Examines How and When to Certify a Class Action," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Briefing Series, March 22, 2011
Co-presenter, Frying Pans & Fires: When Government Investigations Turn into Class Actions, McGuireWoods LLP CLE Videoconference, March 8, 2011
Co-presenter, "Legal PR, Trial Lawyers’ Style: How They Seek Advantage Outside of Court and Proactive Countermeasures for Defendants," Washington Legal Foundation Webcast, September 17, 2010
Co-presenter, Altria Group Inc. v. Good - Implications for Consumer Class Actions, McGuireWoods LLP Teleconference, December 19, 2008
Co-presenter, Class Action Defense, O’Melveny & Myers LLP CLE videoconference, March 7, 2005