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James R. Patterson

I graduated with honors in economics from the University of California at Davis, and magna cum laude from the University of San Diego Law School. I handle consumer and employee protection class actions.

Favorite Hobbies: Fishing and Fantasy Football
What I Would Do If I Was Not A Lawyer: Teacher
Favorite City: San Francisco
Vacation: Maui
Favorite Movie: Usual Suspects
Current TV Show: Modern Family

Curriculum Vitae


JIM PATTERSON is the founder of Patterson Law Group APC.  Prior to founding the firm, Jim spent 6 years with the prestigious national law firm of Cooley Godward LLP, and 6 years with Harrison Patterson & O'Connor LLP.  He has been constantly recognized as a leader in both consumer and employee class actions by the media, legislators, and courts throughout the country.  Jim has been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in more than 35 state and federal class actions, and has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits for his clients and class members.  He is known as an innovator that will fight the tough fights.  For example, Jim is co-lead counsel in the seminal Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma case that changed the prevailing law, and the entire retail industry in California by prohibiting retailers from collecting unnecessary personal identification information from credit card customers.  As a result of his in-court success, Jim has been asked to speak at numerous consumer and privacy related conferences, and to opine as to legislation concerning consumer privacy rights in California.

Jim's training and experience at Cooley, a large national defense firm, provides him with a unique perspective on the inner-workings and decision making process of large corporations.  His immense experience on the plaintiffs' side has rounded him into a multi-dimensional and dynamic class action attorney.  Jim is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, and the University of San Diego Law School, where he finished in the top 1% and was a member of law review.  He grew up in the Bay Area and currently resides with his wife and two children in San Diego, California.

Representative Consumer Cases


Lead Counsel in over 35 class action cases challenging retailers' practice of collecting and recording unnecessary personal identification information during credit card transactions, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to clients.

Co-lead Counsel in the seminal Supreme Court decision in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma, in which the California Supreme Court overturned two prior appellate court decisions in determining that consumers' zip codes are "personal identification information" that retailers are prohibited from collecting during credit card transactions

Lead Counsel in Powers v. Pottery Barn, in which the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court in determining that consumers' email addresses are "personal identification information" that retailers are prohibited from collecting during credit card transactions.

Lead Counsel in numerous federal class actions challenging the deceptive on-line practice of enrolling consumers into savings and rewards programs without their knowledge or consent.

Co-lead counsel in national class actions alleging unlawful suspension of home equity lines of credit by national banks.

Counsel in national class action alleging Wells Fargo failed to modify home loans as required by federal law.

Counsel in national class actions alleging that Union Bank and Bank of the West charged consumers unlawful overdraft fees.

Counsel in numerous national class actions alleging large-scale data breaches.

Counsel in national class action alleging false advertising.

Representative Employee Class Actions


Lead Counsel for class of limousine drivers that were denied breaks, overtime pay, and reimbursement.

Lead Counsel for class of assembly line workers that were denied breaks and were not paid for all time worked resulting in approximately 1 million dollars of benefits to the class.

Lead Counsel for class of US Bank employees that were not paid for unused vacation time, resulting in approximately 2 million in benefits.

Obtained 9th Circuit decision reversing trial court in determining that defendant failed to prove the amount in controversy necessary to invoke federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.  

Media


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Speaking Engagements


Dallas Privacy Conference

Legislative Work


Testified to California Legislature concerning proposed AB 1219, which would allow retailers to request additional information from credit card customers.  Proposed bill was abandoned by the retail industry shortly after.