Cooley LLP | Michelle Doolin
Michelle Doolin, Partner
4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, California 92121-1909
Phone: +1 858 550 6043
Fax: +1 858 550 6420
Michelle Doolin is a litigation partner, Chair of the San Diego Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Firm's national Commercial Class Action practice.
She joined the Firm in 1995 and is resident in the San Diego office.
In 2009 and 2014, Ms. Doolin
was named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators in California by the Daily Journal
and was recognized in the 2010 and 2014 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers in the category of business litigation.
also was honored for her
litigation work in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
In 2015, she
was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants.
practice focuses on class action litigation and counseling clients on a wide variety of consumer and privacy related laws.
has represented numerous companies in various industries in a variety of nationwide and state-wide class actions, including:
Ms. Doolin is an expert on California's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.
has provided extensive counseling and represented numerous retailers in over 50 class actions brought under the statute.
led the team that obtained a major victory for companies doing business in California with the first published appellate court decision in a class action under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act related to return transactions.
The court ruled that the statute did not apply to return transactions and had a one year limitations period.
See, TJX Companies, Inc.
v. Superior Court, 163 Cal.App.4th 80 (2008).
In another class action under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, Ms. Doolin
successfully led the team that obtained a federal court decision holding that plaintiffs are not entitled to a jury trial.
See, In re Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
, No. 09-MD-2022 FCD GGH, 2009 WL 3233820 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2009).
led the team that defeated class certification in a case brought against Nike, Inc.
that alleged violations of the statute relating to the collection of customer information.
See, In re Gormley v. Nike Inc., 2013 WL 322538 (N.D. Cal.
Jan 28, 2013).
also has extensive experience in litigating state and federal cases styled as nationwide product defect class actions that assert various claims for breach of express, implied, and statutory warranties on behalf of consumer products companies.
led the team that obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice on a motion to dismiss on behalf of Sony
See, In re Sony Grand WEGA KDF-E A10/A20 Series Rear Projection HDTV Television Litig., 758 F.Supp.
2d 1077 (S.D. Cal. 2010).
In another matter for Sony
obtained dismissal of false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and breach of warranty claims in a case asserting alleged defects with certain television models.
See, Marchante v. Sony Corp. of Am.
, 2011 WL 6027602 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 5, 2011).
also led the team that defeated class certification in one of the first FACTA cases filed against an online business and the first denial of class certification in a FACTA class action involving an online business.
Vasquez-Torres v. StubHub, Inc., CV 07-1328, 2008 U.S. Dist
LEXIS 22503 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 4, 2008).
Ms. Doolin has experience coordinating California class actions before the Judicial Counsel of Coordination and experience practicing before the Federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel), and has successfully moved to transfer and centralize a number of class cases.
See, e.g., In re TJX Companies, Inc.
, 505 F.Supp.2d 1379 (J.P.M.L. 2007); In re Payless Shoesource, Inc.
, California Song Beverly Credit Card Act Litigation, 609 F.Supp.2d 1372 (J.P.M.L. 2009); In re: LivingSocial Marketing Litigation, 807 F.Supp.2d 1379 (J.P.M.L. 2011).
has also handled a number of public access cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and counseled clients on a number of ADA related issues.
Ms. Doolin received a JD, magna cum laude, in 1995 from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was elected to Order of the Coif and was a member of the San Diego Law Review.
In 1991, Ms. Doolin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Minor in Economics, magna cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach, where she was a recipient of the Alumni Scholar Award and member of the Financial Management Association.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Doolin worked as a Financial Analyst with Loral Aeronutronics.